There are many decorations you can buy to adorn your Christmas tree and as the fashions change each year it’s easy to want to buy more each year to keep up to trend.  But…have you ever thought about making your own Christmas Tree decorations? You can make them to suit your style and they really don’t have to be expensive.  This wonderful tutorial shows you how to make clay feather decorations for your Christmas tree and once you get the idea of how to use clay to decorate your tree you can create your own designs too.  They also make fabulous gifts for friends and family, make them a set of six, pop them in a gift box and you’ve created your very own handmade present!  They’ll think you’re so clever!  You could even get the kids to help with this project.

You’ll need:

  • 1 packet air hardening white clay (you can buy this from your local discount store, 1 kg will cost around $12)
  • A printout of the feather design
  • Plastic takeaway container
  • Scissors
  • Baking paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Skewer
  • String (Jute, cord, wool, ribbon)

diy clay feathers

  • Print out the feather design, cut it out roughly and tape it to the lid of the takeaway container.  Cut around the feather design carefully.

diy clay feathers

  • Take a small piece of your clay (wrap the remaining clay up well to prevent it from hardening), knead it a little to make it pliable.  Take a piece of baking paper and place it on a smooth surface, such as a kitchen table or bench.  Roll out your clay to a shape that will be large enough to fit the plastic feather template.


  • Place the feather template on the clay and using the rolling pin, gently roll over the plastic feather.  Carefully lift the corner of the plastic and check it has pressed in well before removing it.

diy clay feathers

  • Using a little water on your fingers, shape the edge of the clay so it is nice and smooth and has a shape you like.  Take the skewer and carefully draw the quill onto the clay feather as shown in the image.  Now take your skewer and make a hole in the quill of the feather where you can thread the string once it’s dry.


  • Make as many clay feathers as you like and allow them to dry for around 2 days.  Then add your string and you’re done!




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      • Thank you for sharing :)


      • Very original. They would look great hung on trees in the garden too. Good holiday activity too.

        • Thanks, yes the garden would be gorgeous. You may want to give them a coat of sealant as they are made with air dried clay and may not stand up to all the rain we seem to having. They would sound great in the wind…lovely wind chimes.

          Kate :-)


      • What a great idea – thanks for sharing. Wonderful for the kids to make them as lovely keepsakes in years to come.


      • So many ideas of things I could make – now just need to find the clay!

        • Yes, go crazy – air dried clay is super easy to use, you can buy it in the cheap discount shops – like Hot Dollar etc. just find the craft paint section.. also craft shops like Eckersleys etc. and maybe even Lincraft. Take a look at the other ones on my website http://www.sewcraftcook.com.au – using stamps…
          Kate :-)


      • What a cute and clever idea


      • What a great idea a really fun an simply way to make a decoration. Thanks for sharing.

        • Pleasure, there are some other easy clay decoration ideas on my website, pop over and take a look.
          Kate :-)


      • A terrific idea, thanks for the inspirtation


      • Thanks for a great idea. My kids would have fun making these.

        • Thanks, you’ll find some other great decorations on my website the kids can help with too.
          Kate :-)


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