Christmas Cookie Ornament
Miniature artist Betsy Niederer joins Martha to make an adorable snowflake cookie Christmas ornament using simple craft punches in holiday shapes.
- 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
- Flat-tipped paintbrush
- Light-brown artists' pastel
- 6-by-6-inch tile
- Acrylic varnish
- Coarse glitter
- 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)
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.
Dust a craft punch and squares of clay thoroughly with cornstarch.
Punch shapes from squares of clay with the craft punch. Place punched clay shapes on a tile.
To get a "baked" appearance on the punches, apply light-brown artists' pastel around the edges with a flat-tipped paintbrush.
Put tile with punched shapes in the oven and bake according to clay manufacturer's directions.
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.
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.
Glue a pile of cookies to the front of the plate to finish the ornament.