Friday, December 2, 2011

30 Before 30: Polymer Clay Ornament

I have been intrigued by polymer clay ever since we ordered our cake toppers from Etsy seller Mud Cards.  Keren did such an amazing job on the first topper, that we had her make a second one as well.

With Christmas around the corner, I started to think about what our ornament for this year would be.  Being our first newlywed Christmas, I wanted this ornament to be special and DIY it.

But what should I make?

I threw around a couple of ideas, before I circled back to my original (and favorite) idea, a replica of our wedding cake!  After a quick stop at Michael's, who was having a sale on clay (originally $2.29, on sale 4 for $5), it was time to get started.

I rounded out the white cake base and then started to work on the mini suitcase topper.  I didn't have a darker green for the round suitcase, so I changed it up with a swirl of the two colors.

I worked the black into handles and the mini monogram on the front of the center suitcase.

Next up was the little green plaques that mapped out some of our destinations together.  There was no way I would be able to write on them, but that's OK - they still give the same effect.

Rolling the tiny blue balls for the path between the plaques was a little tedious (and I lost more than a couple along the way), but I favored the 3D effect over drawing them on.

The finishing touch was to stick in a wire loop so we'll easily be able to hang it on our tree with ribbon or a hook.  I baked it for 23 minutes at 225 degrees and out came this little reminder of our wedding day. 

 And for a little comparison, our cake on our wedding day and the ornament.

Picture on the left taken by Lynn Michelle

With all of the left over clay I feel the need to make something else, but for now I'll just sit back and gaze at the little masterpiece.

What do you think?  Does is it look like a mini replica of our cake? Do you have any special ornaments from your first married Christmas, or first Christmas in a new house?


  1. lauren, that's totally adorable and so well done. what a wonderful idea.

    wow, fimo! i haven't thought of fimo in so long.

  2. Thank you!! I was supposed to do some research before picking up the clay, but I ended up just picking the brand that had the blue and green closest to our cake. What did you use it for?

  3. Fantastic job! It really looks awesome!

  4. This looks wonderful! You did a fantastic job!!!

  5. Absolutely amazing! What a fun way to commemorate your marriage this year!

  6. Genious!! You're so crafty, Lauren. I don't think I could have made something so tiny and perfect!

  7. I'm a new'ish follower. It looks amazing. I'm so impressed. Did you get the hook at Michaels too? Did you bake it then glue it together??

  8. That looks awesome! I am so impressed with your crafting skills! I never thought of using Fimo to commemorate a year as an ornament...I always have such a hard time figuring out what to use for the year, even though I love the idea of annual year ornaments. I will have to keep this in mind.