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Okay, I admit it. I’m a crafting addict! Whenever I have a spare moment, I can’t help breaking out the crafting supplies, even if I should probably be doing something like actually folding the laundry. Meh, the laundry’s not going anywhere, right? Because my crafting time is currently pretty limited, today’s tutorial is for some super easy polymer clay Christmas tree earrings. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never touched polymer clay before, you can make these earrings! You don’t need any special clay tools whatsoever and they’re super cute, so let’s get started!
Materials for easy polymer clay Christmas tree earrings
- Polymer clay. I used Premo! Accents in a sparkle green and Premo! Burnt Umber. You only need the tiniest smidgen of the brown clay and about 1/8 ounce of the green. Premo! Sculpey is more durable than “regular” Sculpey, which is why I love it. If weight is a concern for you, you could also try Soufflé, a lightweight Sculpey line.
- Wire and the jewelry pliers to make an eye pin or a commercially made eye pin.
- A pair of earring hooks. I use hypoallergenic earring wires because I have sensitive ears and I feel they’re the best choice for gifts, too.
- Glue. I used Original Tacky Glue, but if you have a well-ventilated work space and don’t have a newborn at home, E6000 would work well, too.
- A piece of cardstock or paper to bake your clay on
- Optional – Glitter! I wanted to paint some glue on the tops of my trees and add some white glitter but, you know, newborns.
Easy polymer clay Christmas tree earrings tutorial
The ‘normal’ size block of polymer clay weighs 2 oz and has divisions to make breaking off .5 oz easy. For these earrings, I took one of these quarters (shown far left), broke it in half (second from the left), broke that in half, and then broke it in half again to create two roughly even pieces of clay for my pair of Christmas trees.
Roll your two pieces of clay into balls, then use a finger to roll each into a cone against your work surface.
Carefully press the base against your work surface or a finger to flatten.
Make two tiny balls of brown clay, then flatten them slightly into disks for your trunks. Make sure they fit flush against the bottom of the trees.
Remove the stumps, then carefully insert an eye pin into the top of each tree. Use your thumb and index finger to help support the tree and hold it in place while inserting the pin. Gently reform the cone, as needed (this has the added benefit of snugging the clay up around the wire to help hold it in place!)
Bake you clay according to the package’s directions. Premo! takes a 275ºF oven for 30 minutes per 1/4″ of thickness. To avoid over-baking the heck out of the trunks, add them at the end for the appropriate amount of time. I baked my trees for 45 minutes, then added the trunks for an additional 10
After your clay is baked and cooled, use a dab of glue to attach the trunks.
Add your ear hooks and you’re ready to rock! Simply bend the eye open with your round nosed pliers, hook through the eye on your tree, then close up the wire.
If you’d like, you could ‘paint’ some white glue, like Tacky Glue, on the top of each tree and then add a dusting of white glitter to simulate snow. Like I said above, I really wanted to do this but just couldn’t find the time!
I hope you enjoy these cute and easy Christmas tree earrings! They’re great for a causal holiday party, as a gift, or just something fun to wear during the holiday season.
Have you made anything for the holidays yet?
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