Try these simple and beautiful pressed nature Christmas ornaments today! These look like professionally made ornaments when complete, but they are so easy to make. They are inexpensive, take about 10 minutes to create and are great handmade gifts!
We are almost a week away from Christmas and still going strong with the holiday crafts! These look pretty as a wall hanging decoration, tree ornament or gift topper. So many possible uses for this simple craft!
You don’t need your own pressed flowers and leaves, you can find many places on the internet to purchase them! I usually grab them from Amazon because the delivery is typically the quickest. You can also find pressed flowers and leaves on ETSY, but the shipping time might be a bit longer. I linked the exact kits that we used below.
Ready to make one (or ten)? Here’s what you’ll need….
- Pine Needles
- Air Dry Clay- This 2.5 lb container makes about 18 ornaments.
- Christmas Cookie Cutters- We used this kit, but the delivery time on this kit might be a bit quicker and it looks like there are more deign options!
- Pressed Flower and Pressed Leaves- The flower kit included tweezers which is very helpful for picking up the flowers and leaves.
- Straw for poking a hole
- Twine or metal ornament hooks
- Mod Podge– I suggest using this starter kit to see which type you prefer. Glossy is a shiny finish and matte is a flat finish. We used matte for this craft.
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Here’s How we Made these Nature Ornaments:
Roll out the clay. Kids will love to help with this step!
Choose cookie cutter designs and cut out your ornaments! We chose ornament shapes, but you could try any holiday shape!
Poke a hole with a straw for a hanging spot. We used a metal straw for this craft, but a plastic straw will work too.
Organize the flowers and leaves on the ornaments and make sure you like the arrangement before gluing it all in place. As I stated above, use the tweezers for handling the pieces of nature!
Make sure you push the flowers and leaves into the clay with gentle pressure. This will help them stay in place when you apply the Mod Podge.
Once your ornaments are finished, put a layer of Mod Podge over the flowers and leaves. This will help them stay in place. I used a cookie rack to help the ornaments dry quicker but this isn’t necessary.
I have found that the ornaments dry in about 48 hours, but the drying time on the box is 2-3 days.
My boys instantly loved this activity and wanted to make multiple ornaments! They are pretty addictive to make and each ornament turned out unique and beautiful. You don’t have to stick to the red and green color scheme. We chose those colors because they looked pretty and festive! I think colorful flowers would look beautiful as well!
Which designs are your favorites?!
Pin this nature Christmas ornament to save it for later!
I hope you give this nature Christmas ornament a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.