Renee Elliott

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Renee Elliott


Renee Elliott is a self-proclaimed fashion addict, food junkie and arts & craft nerd. She is the gal behind Re: Creative where she works on window displays, events and teaches craft classes.With an eye for detail, a love for DIY projects and a passion for creating, Renee is able to add her unique touch to any project.

DIY: Gold-Dipped Ornaments

Posted by Renee Elliott Monday, December 9, 2013 10:23 AM EDT




I’m a bit obsessed with anything dipped in gold so when I came across this gold leaf paint, I couldn’t wait to get started on a project with it. These clay ornaments are the perfect addition to any tree and they look even better with a little touch of gold!



Polymer clay

Rolling pin

Smooth surface (ceramic tile, stone countertop etc)

Utility knife

Baking sheet

Waxed paper

Gold leaf paint

Disposable mini containers (pill jar, plastic shot glass etc)


Mini picture hanging screws

Gold thread




STEP 1: First you need to condition the clay. You do this by rolling it out very thinly on a smooth surface. Fold in half, then again and then again. Roll out and keep repeating this until the clay is very pliable. It should take at least ten times.




STEP 2: Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper and preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.


STEP 3: For the round ornaments take 1/6th of the clay from the package and roll it between your palms. Continue to roll it until you get a nice round and smooth shape. Take the mini hanging screw and twist it into the circle shape. Place it on a baking sheet.




STEP 4: For the triangles, roll the clay to about 1/8th of an inch thick. Take the utility knife and slice out triangle shapes. Use the toothpick to create a little hole near one of the triangle’s points. Place on a baking sheet.


STEP 5: Bake the clay for 15 minutes and allow to cool completely.


STEP 6: Shake the gold paint to mix it well. Fill a small jar with the paint and working with one clay piece at a time, dip a portion of the ornament in the paint. Slide a toothpick through the hole or hook and place over a mini container. Allow to dry overnight.




STEP 7: Loop a piece of the gold thread though the hook or hole and knot the thread. Your ornament is ready to hang on the tree!



Topics: Renos & DIY, Holidays, DIY, DIY Decor

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