Lines Across: Clay Thumbprint Snowman Ornament

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Clay Thumbprint Snowman Ornament

Christmas ornaments are one of my favorite things in the world to make. There are so many fun possibilities, and you know that you will get to enjoy them again and again each year with your family. They also make fantastic gifts, especially personalized handmade ones.

I've seen a lot of fun thumbprint snowman ideas (like these adorable fingerprint snowmen from one of my favorite bloggers), and I'd been wanting to make some out of polymer clay for some time now. (If you're new to polymer clay, it's easier than you might think. Check out this post for some tips and ideas for beginners.)

What you need:

1. Polymer clay (white, black, orange, and other colors for embellishments)
2. Cute little thumbs
3. String, twine, or ribbon
4. Optional: jewelry wire
5. Optional: Glaze

What you do:

1. Start by rolling three even balls of white clay. I used plain white but a shimmery white would also be beautiful.

2. Stack the three balls closely together. Now help your kids press their thumbs evenly into each of the three balls. Polymer clay is a little dense to work with, so they probably will need help. Make sure they wash their hands right away after touching the clay.

3. Add decorations. I thought about adding arms and a hat, but stuck with just the basics. To Make the scarf, I rolled out a long piece of clay. Then I slightly flattened it and wrapped it around the snowman's neck.

4. Optional - Use jewelry wire to make a loop. Stick this into the top of your snowman before you bake it. If you're not familiar with jewelry making tools at all, you can just glue ribbon to the back of the ornament after it is baked.

5. Bake the ornaments. Follow the instructions on the brand of polymer clay you used. The size and color of the ornament will not change after you bake it.

6. Optional - Let the ornament fully cool. Paint a thin coat of Glaze over the ornament for a finished look. (I also added a dab of glue around the jewelry wire to make sure it was fully secure.)

Both of my kids helped me make one. They LOVE their snowmen, and love how their scarves are their favorite colors. I like how Benjamin's snowman ended out being a little bigger than Lyla's.

You could also have fun and add hats, arms, a mouth, earmuffs, and other fun accessories. I wanted to keep mine pretty simple and I wanted to leave the bottom thumbprints completely open.


  1. They are sop cute!
    I am not familiar with clay, do those balls and decorations stick together well without anything additional? Thank you for the tutorial!

    1. Thanks! I was a little worried about that myself. Everything held together really well. I think the glaze on top also acts as a glue a little bit. I actually dropped them both pretty far and nothing happened to either ornament at all. There is a special glue you can buy at the craft store to help attach pieces of clay together, but I've never had to use it.

  2. oh Rachel, these are too sweet! A perfect accent for the tree! ;) Bonnie

  3. Super cute! Thank you so much for linking up… I am featuring you tomorrow!

  4. These are adorable Rachel! I love snowmen, they are just the cutest things ever! The kids would love making these too!

  5. So cute!! I love these! I've got a stack of polymer clay. I think I'll make these today! Thanks for the tute :)

  6. These are ADORA-BLE! Thanks for linking up at Share it Sunday... and these will be featured on my blog (goes live tonight)!!

  7. Brilliant. And so simple, too! Totally making these!

  8. so cute! I'd love to include this in a roundup on my blog. If you'd prefer that I didn't use it, just let me know. Thanks!

  9. Rachel these snowmen are so cute! love them!

  10. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your ornament! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a cute project idea!

  11. Thanks for this awesome tutorial. I hope it's alright, I shared it here:

  12. Seriously, I couldn't love these any more than I already do!! So adorable!

  13. Hi Thank you so much for sharing this it is beautiful and adorable

  14. I can't take it anymore... all of these polymer ornaments are to-die-for!! I am pinning like a crazy person!! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

  15. How many ounces of white clay do you think I'd need to do these with my whole class of 25 kids?

  16. Hi Rachel,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of DIY Christmas ornaments! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  17. OH wow!! THose are adorable! How do you get the three snowballs to stick together though? Does the combo of the glaze and stickiness keep it stuck forever? I love it!!


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