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Clay Dog Bone Ornaments // DIY Gift

Last Christmas, I made several gifts from sculpey clay, including these chalkboards. The dog bone ornaments were one of my favorites because they were simple and inexpensive, but sentimental, celebrating the dates my sister-in-law took home her puppies.

It’s kind of like a “Baby’s First Christmas” Ornament, but for fur babies, instead.


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Sculpey Clay
Rolling Pin
Dog Bone Cookie Cutter {from this cookie cutter set}
Alphabet Stamps {similar}
Number Stamps {similar}
Embossing Stylus {like this, or just something with a rounded tip}
Cookie Sheet
Aluminum Foil
Fine Tip Marker




How To

1. Knead a handful of clay in your hands. It may seem crumbly at first; but will smooth as it warms up in your hands.
2. Flatten with a rolling pin.
3. Use the cookie cutter to cut out each dog bone.
4. Press the alphabet stamps into the clay for the pet’s name.
5. Press the number stamps into the clay for the date.
6. Poke two holes in the clay with an embossing stylus, or other rounded tip.
7. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and place the ornaments onto the foil.

8. Bake at 275 for approximately 25 minutes {check it every 10 minutes to make sure the clay isn’t yellowing}.
9. Remove when the ornaments are “hard” — but not yellow. It will never become rigid. It is more of a “flexible hard” that feels firm, yet still a bit “bendable.”
10. Let cool.
11. Use a fine tip marker to highlight the stamped name and date.
12. Tie off with string to hang.

These are great as a Christmas tree ornament; but I could also see them used as a tag on a coat hook where the pup’s leash is hung.

I hope to have some more DIY gifts to share with you over the next few weeks. Do you make many handmade gifts? If so, have you started crafting yet and what’s on your “to-make” list? 

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Craftivity Designs

Friday 12th of December 2014

Oh, you could make a bunch! I made these clay chalkboards ( which were about 6"x6" - so 2-3 times the size of the dog bones - out of a 3.75 oz container of Sculpey Clay. I made 8 chalkboards and had clay left over to make several ornaments plus a small ball clay I haven't even used yet!

Stephanie Tran

Friday 12th of December 2014

how many ornaments were you able to make from a package of sculpey clay? I have the 8 oz package.

Craftivity Designs

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

Thanks so much, Amy!! I'm so glad you liked them and thanks for sharing :)

Amy Lee

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

So, so cute! I would LOVE receiving these as gifts for my pups! Thank you for sharing at the Talented Tuesday Link Party - I'm featuring your post at tomorrow's link party! Please stop by and grab a "featured" button, and link up your latest projects! Hope to see you there! :)

Craftivity Designs

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

Thanks :)