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Project

Christmas Cookie Ornament

Miniature artist Betsy Niederer joins Martha to make an adorable snowflake cookie Christmas ornament using simple craft punches in holiday shapes.

Materials

  • Premo polymer clay in white, cadmium yellow, and translucent
  • Pasta maker, rolling pin, or glass bottle for rolling out clay
  • Knife or other tool for cutting clay
  • Craft punches in holiday shapes
  • Cornstarch
  • Flat-tipped paintbrush
  • Light-brown artists' pastel
  • 6-by-6-inch tile
  • Acrylic varnish
  • Coarse glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Crafter's Pick "Ultimate" glue
  • Small sticker medallion or piece of decorative paper
  • Acrylic white paint (optional, for icing)
  • Texture medium (optional, for icing)
  • Pastry tip (optional, for icing)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Mix together 2 parts translucent clay to 1 part white clay, adding a dash of yellow, until you have a uniform color. Flatten the clay to about 1/16-inch thick by putting it through a pasta maker, or by rolling it out with a rolling pin or glass bottle. Cut flattened clay into small squares.

  2. Step 2

    Dust a craft punch and squares of clay thoroughly with cornstarch.

  3. Step 3

    Punch shapes from squares of clay with the craft punch. Place punched clay shapes on a tile.

  4. Step 4

    To get a "baked" appearance on the punches, apply light-brown artists' pastel around the edges with a flat-tipped paintbrush.

  5. Step 5

    Put tile with punched shapes in the oven and bake according to clay manufacturer's directions.

  6. Step 6

    When "cookies" have come out of the oven and cooled, apply acrylic varnish with a paintbrush. Sprinkle with coarse glitter to create the look of sugar cookies. If you would rather "ice" your cookies, fill a pastry tip (only) with a mixture of acrylic white paint and texture medium; use your finger to press icing through tip.

  7. Step 7

    Glue a loop of ribbon to the back of a small plate, and cover where you've glued with a small sticker medallion or piece of decorative paper.

  8. Step 8

    Glue a pile of cookies to the front of the plate to finish the ornament.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2008

Reviews (26)

  • betsy_n 21 Nov, 2008

    Thank you so much for all of the nice comments about the show and the cookie project! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it :-)

    If you're looking for some little tea set dishes to use for the ornament here is a link for you to check out. The saucers are 3 inches wide.

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00130148

    You can use the little cups for a 'hot cocoa' ornament!

  • marykroslyn 20 Nov, 2008

    What a fun segment and so nice to see miniaturists get the exposure our art deserves. Thanks so much to Martha Stewart and her wonderful staff, especially Silke Stoddard, and most of all to Marlene, Betsy, and all the others at CDHM - you guys really ran with what started as a gee, I wonder if... and made it happen. Well done, all - Mary K. Woods (www.woodland-miniatures.com, VERY proud CDHM member)

  • FantasyWhispers 19 Nov, 2008

    Betsy you did a wonderful job demonstrating how to make the miniature cookie ornaments! Thank you Martha for showing the world what miniatures are all about n n n n n n

    Vania

    www.fantasywhispers.com

  • miniaturehome 16 Nov, 2008

    Thank you to Martha, CDHM, and Betsy Niederer for this wonderful segment on miniatures! It was wonderful of Greenleaf and Ashdown to donate their dollhouse kits and magazines to the audience members. More great resources for those interested in learning more about miniatures include the International Guild of Miniature Artisans (www.igma.org) and Miniature Collector magazine.
    Missy at www.miniaturehome.com

  • TreeFeathers 14 Nov, 2008

    Congratulations, Betsy, your spot was great! And thanks to Martha Stewart for showcasing the wonderful hobby of dollhouse miniatures!
    ~ TreeFeathers.com

  • AubreyMD 14 Nov, 2008

    I went to BB

  • betsy_n 13 Nov, 2008

    I'm so happy that everybody enjoyed the Christmas ornament show! In case people are looking for dishes that can be used for the ornament, there are a few options. The dishes used on the show were from a child's tea set. Bed Bath and Beyond sells individual expresso cups and saucers (saucers are bigger, but just load them up with cookies)!. Alice Bell makes handmade 3" plates and can be found here http://www.cdhm.org/user/greenlupa. Have fun "Baking"!!

  • MrsSteve 13 Nov, 2008

    There are wonderful miniature clubs in the Community on eBay, too.

    We love the fact that Martha showed our hobby on her show and would love to see more~ The Wonderful World of Dollhouse Miniatures!

  • MrsSteve 13 Nov, 2008

    There are wonderful miniature clubs in the Community on eBay, too. We love the fact that Martha showed our hobby on her show and would love to see more~!

  • ericaandphoe 13 Nov, 2008

    The paint isn't really paint, it crushed pastels... chalk like powder. The plates can be found at cdhm.org

  • AubreyMD 13 Nov, 2008

    Is anyone else having trouble finding the supplies for this craft? I can't find the paint or little plates anywhere. Someone mentioned earlier about buying them from a site (Alice Bell?), but didn't see them there either. PLEASE HELP!

  • cdhm-org 12 Nov, 2008

    Thank you so much to Martha and her wonderful Staff for allowing us to introduce the world of miniatures to her viewing audience. Special thanks to Greenleaf Dollhouses, Ashdown Publications and last but not least, our wonderful miniaturists that helped us out so much: Tracy Topps, Alice Bell, Kerri Pajutee, Sandi Palesch, and Pat Carlson. Without whose help we could not have done this. cdhm.org

  • MrMinimeister 12 Nov, 2008

    On behalf of the over 5000 member strong National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME), a big thank you to Martha, as well as Greenleaf and Ashdown Publishing, for promoting our wonderful hobby. The miniature hobby is enjoyed by collectors and crafters around the world and is not just for dollhouses any more. Thanks for showcasing the work of a well-known artisan like Betsy Neiderer, and introducing this fascinating pastime to your audience. Cary Yerves, member of NAME.

  • ericaandphoe 11 Nov, 2008

    CDHM.ORG IS THE COOLEST MINIATURE WEBSITE AROUND!!!!!!

  • PatCarlson 11 Nov, 2008

    REALLY enjoyed the miniatures segment with Betsy Neiderer! I wish it had been longer :-) I have for many years enjoyed Betsy's art, and CDHM is a wonderful website for miniaturists! Martha...you are a wonderful lady and your promotion of the art of miniatures is s SO appreciated! I hope folks who watched the show will come to CDHM and join the fun we miniaturists have every day! (Martha...You are beautifull, by the way! - how do you do it!?)

  • MLB30775 11 Nov, 2008

    Wonderful! Betsy Niederer's Christmas Cookie Ornaments were absolutely adorable! I went to CDHM.org to look at her other work and my goodness, there are so many talented people associated with this group!

  • MiniMurph 11 Nov, 2008

    Loved the segment - Betsy is indeed "a great teacher" - and appearing on Martha Stewart is well - what can I say - "A GOOD THING" - Martha's humorous touch of removing the "heavy" turkey from the oven made me smile, even though I knew what was coming, being a miniaturist too (tho' in crochet)...would love to see a future segment on miniatures/dollhouses...perhaps a brief look at how the Greenleaf gift kits turned out. Martha and Betsy - YOU BOTH ROCK !!
    browneyedgirl on CDHM

  • baddabinda 11 Nov, 2008

    Where do I get the little plate from? (baddabinda@yahoo.com)

  • zaftiq 11 Nov, 2008

    Way to go, Betsy! We're all so proud of you at CDHM!!!!!

    I hope this is the first in a long line of miniature projects. We come with our own cheerleaders, fans, and background singers! ;D

  • MinisOnTheEdge 11 Nov, 2008

    Congratulations for helping the miniature world accomplish this Marlene!! CDHM.org Rocks!! Can't wait to see the show! ~ Tracy

  • DaisyCarpi 11 Nov, 2008

    Betsy
    Congratulations,
    his work is wonderful1
    Daisy Carpi(for CDHM forum)

  • cdhm-org 10 Nov, 2008

    This was such a nice opportunity for dollhouse miniaturists. CDHM.org representative Betsy Niederer along with all the others that contributed to the set props and accessories can be seen at www.cdhm.org

  • cdhm-org 10 Nov, 2008

    This was such a nice opportunity for dollhouse miniaturists. CDHM.org representative Betsy Niederer along with all the others that contributed to the set props and accessories can be seen at www.cdhm.org

  • MinisOnTheEdge 10 Nov, 2008

    Congratulations to You Betsy

  • cdhm-org 10 Nov, 2008

    This was such a nice opportunity for dollhouse miniaturists. CDHM.org representative Betsy Niederer along with all the others that contributed to the set props and accessories can be seen at www.cdhm.org

  • myminisweets 10 Nov, 2008

    Betsy is one of the BEST miniaturist out there. I learned how to make the cake I have as my picture thanks to her miniature tutorials. Take a look at her YouTube video to see more of her amazing work and the CDHM miniature group. Wonderful people!!!