How to Make a Clay Wreath

Four Methods:Clay wreath decorationPolymer clay wreath broochLarge clay wreathCinnamon clay gingerbread wreath

A clay wreath can be made in miniature form or even larger. Clay wreaths can be used for dollhouses, for brooches or other jewelry and for decorations, such as hanging off the tree at Christmas time or hanging from a wall.

Method 1
Clay wreath decoration

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    Take a spoonful of modeling clay.
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    Roll it into a ball. Then pound down flatter, to spread it into a circle shape.
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    Round the edge. Using your fingers, mold the flattened piece into a perfect circular shape.
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    Cut a hole in the center. Use a small round object to cut out a hole from the center, in much the same way as cutting a cookie. Measure the object first to ensure there is plenty of wreath left.
    • Cutting objects could be made from a toothpaste tube lid, a drink bottle lid, a miniature round cookie cutter, etc. Whatever you use, make sure it is clean and won't transfer drink dye or sugary stickiness onto the clay.
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    Put a bow on the top of the wreath. Shape a little bow from the clay or use a ribbon bow; whichever you find easiest or prefer. Use fresh clay to adhere the bow to the wreath.
    • Smooth the edges on the inner circle once you've removed the inner circle of clay. This will neaten the wreath.
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    Allow the clay to air-dry or bake. This will depend on the type of clay that you have used; follow the manufacturer's instructions.
    • If baking, do not add the ribbon bow until after the wreath is baked; it risks burning or curling up in the oven.
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    Hang the completed clay wreath on your Christmas tree. Thread a ribbon or piece of yarn around what is the top of the clay wreath decoration and hang it on the tree. Alternatively, hang it on your dollhouse door.

Method 2
Polymer clay wreath brooch

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    Make a plain wreath from white polymer clay. Roll a ball of polymer clay to a height of about 2.5cm/1 inch.
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    Press down on the ball to slightly flatten it. Press some more to shape it into a small circle.
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    Press out a middle circle. Use a pencil or a bottle lid to press out a center circle. Discard this inner circle.
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    Make small decorations around the wreath. This could be small clay flowers, berries, leaves, etc. Shape whatever designs you like but it is a good idea to decide on the design first and make a pattern from that to follow.
    • It can help to think about whether you'd like the brooch decorations to match a particular pattern or design on a favorite outfit. If so, use that as a guide.
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    Attach the decorative items all the way around the wreath. When you're happy with the result, it's time to bake the clay wreath.
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    Place in the oven. Bake it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
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    Allow to cool. Color using acrylic paints. Be as creative as you like here; leaves can be green, brown, orange or red; berries can be purple, red, white, pink, etc.; flowers can be all sorts of colors. Allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding.
    • When adding color, think about the clothes you'll wear this brooch with. Try to complement the colors of these clothes.
    • Paint with a brush or sponge.
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    Attach a brooch pin to the back of the brooch. Use suitable craft glue to attach the brooch pin to the top half of the clay wreath. Allow to dry completely.
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    Pin the brooch to your outfit. Check in the mirror that the brooch is sitting straight and you're good to go.

Method 3
Large clay wreath

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    Use proper art clay for making this wreath.
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    Roll out two lengths of clay. Ensure that they are both the same width and the same length. The length will be determined by how large you would like the wreath to be.
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    Braid the two pieces together. Wrap them around each other until you cannot wrap any further.
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    Smooth the ends together to form a circle. You should now have a 2-braid circle wreath shape. Bake as normal for the clay.
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    Decide whether to leave the wreath bare or painted/glazed. This is completely up to you and the end look you'd like and your skill level. It looks fine unglazed and unpainted, so the next step will presume that's as far as you're happy to take it.
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    Add decorative elements. Find suitable ornamentation to add to the wreath, such as large felt flowers, felt or fabric ladybugs, felt or fabric butterflies, etc. Arrange these in a nice way at various intervals around the clay wreath. When you're happy with the pattern, glue in place.
    • Natural items are good too, such as wheat sheaths, gumnuts, seeds, etc.
    • You can add bows, glitter, charms, etc. as preferred.
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    Tie a ribbon hanger onto the top portion of the wreath. Make sure that the knot is good and strong; there is a fair bit of weight to be hanging from this.
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    Hang the clay wreath in a safe position. Choose a wall or other similar placement for the wreath.
    • It is not recommended that a large wreath be hung from something that moves constantly, such as a door, as the banging movement of doors might break the clay.

Method 4
Cinnamon clay gingerbread wreath

Making the cinnamon clay

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    Make cinnamon clay. You'll need:
    • 1 cup (8 oz) ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon of cloves
    • 1 tablespoon of nutmeg
    • 3/4 cup of applesauce (plain)
    • 2 tablespoons of non-toxic glue.
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    Mix the cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg together in a bowl. Stir in the glue and applesauce. If the mixture is too wet add cinnamon, or applesauce if it's too dry. Knead the dough together until it holds together well.
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    Roll out the dough to about a quarter inch thick. Do this on a lightly floured surface, so that the dough doesn't stick.

Making the gingerbread men

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    Cut out gingerbread men. Use a small to medium size gingerbread man cutter.
    • You can make gingerbread women, children, animals if preferred. Or, mix them up. Just be sure to keep like sizes together, or it may be hard to put the wreath together.
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    Place the cut shapes carefully on waxed paper on top of cookie sheets. They can be fairly close together, but make sure none touch otherwise they will dry together. Set them aside somewhere safe to cure for a day or two.
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    Decorate. When they're dried, you can decorate the gingerbread men if you like. Use liquid glitter or similar decorating techniques.

Assembling the wreath

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    Wrap a plain ribbon around a foam wreath. Glue or pin in place.
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    Arrange the gingerbread men around the covered foam wreath. Glue them in place.
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    Weave a length of ribbon in and out around the gingerbread circle. Leave a long part to use as a hanger. Tie a firm knot in the top of it to make a loop for hanging.
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    Hang the cinnamon clay gingerbread wreath on a door or other place.


  • You can cut the hole with the bottom of a wooden spoon.


  • Keep clay and small items out of reach of young children to prevent choking hazards.

Things You'll Need

  • Modeling clay
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ribbon or decorations

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