Sculpey Christmas Ornaments

Continuing our mad craft-making binge, we made some Sculpey ornaments. Sculpey, if you’re not familiar with it, is a plastic clay that hardens in your home oven at 275 degrees. People make jewelry and all kinds of stuff from it. It comes in a bunch of colors, or you can paint it.

I got Cadillac to help me because the Sculpey is very hard initially, so you need a good bit of body heat and elbow grease to knead it. Cadillac has both.

Cadillac made this super-cute snowman. Who knew he was so crafty?


It reminds me of a Pingu character. Have you ever seen Pingu? It used to be on PBS Kids. It’s one of Cadillac’s favorite shows.

I made the Santa, but ran out of red. So he’s legless. The kids say we can stick him in a snowbank or in a chimney later.


Cadillac surprised me with this mini coffee mug, made out of Sculpey scraps.

Sculpey cooks for 15 minutes per quarter inch of thickness.  These were hardened in about 30 minutes.  You have to check on them; I’ve burned Sculpey before.  It’s not pretty.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

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