How to DIY Polymer Clay Christmas Earrings

14 Materials
1 Hour

In this DIY, I’m going to show you how to create cute polymer clay Christmas earrings.

Working with polymer clay is so much fun. We’re going to be cutting, molding, and shaping as well as drawing with the markers as well.

The finished earrings have Christmas written all over them. Let’s get into it!

Tools and materials:

  • Polymer clay
  • Pasta machine
  • Exacto knife
  • Needle tool
  • Acrylic paint markers
  • Cutters
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Q-tips
  • Sanding paper 
  • Drill
  • Earring backs
  • Jump rings
  • Matte varnish
  • Pliers
Flattening the background piece

1. Flatten the background piece

Run the gray background piece of clay through the pasta machine on the thickest setting, which is about 2mm.

Cutting out Christmas trees

2. Cut out Christmas trees

Run the green clay through the pasta machine on the thinnest setting. Then freehand some Christmas trees using an Exacto knife.

When done, carefully place them on the background piece.

Adding texture to trees

3. Add texture

Next, add some texture to the trees using your needle tool. Make small close parallel lines.

Creating more trees

4. Create more trees

Make more textured trees but in a different shade of green. 

Adding snow

5. Mark snow on the trees

Now, take your acrylic paint markers. The ones I’m using have a regular tip and a fine tip that are interchangeable.

To use the markers, shake them very well and then continuously put pressure on them until the ink comes through the tip. Use a white marker with a fine-tip side to add snow to the trees.

If you make any mistakes with the markers, you can easily clean it up with alcohol and a Q-tip.

Creating snowmen

6. Create snowmen

Roll two small balls of white clay, one slightly bigger than the other.

Then press them flat, and this will create the body and the head of the snowman. Carefully place the snowmen on the slab.

Adding scarves

7. Create scarves

Roll a thin piece of red clay to create scarves for the snowmen.

Marking the snowmen

8. Mark the snowmen

Then draw on a nose, eyes, and some buttons with the markers. Use a little bit of red clay for the carrot nose.

Creating presents

9. Cut out presents

Roll some gold clay on the thinnest setting on the pasta machine and cut some small squares to create presents.

Creating ribbons

10. Create the ribbon

To create the ribbon wrapping for the presents, thinly roll some red clay to create a cross.

Then, use your Exacto knife to help you shape two little loops for the bow.

Making candy canes

11. Make candy canes

Thinly roll some white and red clay and twist them together to create candy canes. I created lots of these tiny candy canes to fill in the gaps on the slab.

Creating Santa hats

12. Make Santa hats

Now cut out some Santa hats. To do this, run some red clay through the pasta machine on the thinnest setting and then cut out the base of the hat.

Then, using some white clay, on the same setting, add the white trim and the pom pom.

Place the hats in the remaining empty spaces on the slab. Texture the white trim using the needle tool.

Marking gold dots

13. Mark gold dots

To fill up any empty spaces, use a gold marker to add dots all around.

Cutting the earrings out

14. Cut the earrings out

Use cutters to cut the shapes for the earrings.

Use some rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip to clean up the edges and use the Exacto knife to cut off any untidy parts.

This step will help you do little to no sanding.

Outlining the edges

15. Outline the edges

Roll some white clay around the edges of the pieces to outline them.

Baking the earrings

16. Bake the earrings

Bake the pieces for an hour at 225-275° Fahrenheit (107-135° celsius).

I'd recommend you bake some samples to find out your ideal temperature and time for your clay before you go in with the real thing.

Also, make sure you use an oven thermometer.

Attaching earring components

17. Attach earring components

Once the pieces are cured, lightly sand them and drill the holes.

Then add the earring backs and jump rings. Also, add a light coat of matte varnish to the pieces.

Completed polymer clay Christmas earrings

Polymer clay Christmas earrings

Here are the finished Polymer clay Christmas earrings. I decided to make a range of different shapes and designs to show you the different directions that you can take these earrings in.

The earrings have all of the Christmas imagery that we know and love, and I know for a fact that I’ll be wearing them all festive season.

Will you be making these earrings this Christmas? Let me know in the comments down below.

Suggested materials:
  • Polymer clay
  • Pasta machine
  • Exacto knife
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