Tinsel Tuesday: DIY Holiday Deco Spheres with paper clay

These elegant, Holiday Deco Spheres look expensive, but they’re easy to make. Each step is pretty quick, and due to the drying time, you can work on them when you have a minute. I think the DIY Holiday Deco Spheres would make beautiful gifts, too. Personalize them with the recipient’s favorite word or their name. If you have a “word of the year”, stamp that on the ball. Add a ribbon and these Holiday Deco Spheres transform into ornaments. So many options!

DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Diane stamped her spheres with “Ho, Ho, Ho”, “Merry Merry” and “Jingle Jingle”.

To make Holiday Deco Spheres, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” and 5” balls
  • Air-dry clay in red, green and natural
  • Acrylic craft paint in metallic bronze
  • Antiquing gel in brown
  • Leafing glaze in silver
  • Letter stamps
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional (for display of the deco spheres): urn; reindeer moss; twig wreath; ribbon
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; wax paper; clay roller; ruler; round paintbrush; zip-top plastic bag; paper towels
DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Use your fingers and a roller to smooth out the clay.

To make Holiday Deco Spheres:

1. Wax serrated knife with soap or candle stub. Cut a thin slice from each ball so the ball will stand without rolling.

2. On a sheet of wax paper, roll clay to 1/4″ thickness.

3. Use your fingers to mold the clay around a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Piece clay together as needed to cover any gaps. Use the roller to carefully smooth out the clay. Place leftover clay in a zip-top bag for a future use.

4. Stamp your holiday word on the front of the ball. Let dry overnight.

5. Place small amount of silver glaze on paper towel and rub over stamped balls. Wipe away excess glaze with dry paper towel. Let dry.

6. Repeat Step 5 using brown antiquing gel.

 DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Add definition by painting the letters with a small amount of antiquing gel and paint.

7. Use a small paintbrush to paint stamped lettering metallic bronze. Wipe away excess paint with dry paper towel.

8. Repeat Step 7 using antiquing gel. Let dry.

9. Optional:

  • Glue reindeer moss around base of each ball.
  • To display deco sphere in an urn, glue ball to a twig wreath. Fill urn with scraps of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Glue wreath to top of urn. Fill in with moss, as needed.
  • To create an ornament, knot together ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Poke hole in top of ball with a skewer, knitting needle, or other pointed tool. Add a dab of glue in hole, and insert knot into the hole. Let dry.
DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Holiday Deco Spheres by Diane Flowers.

Designer Diane Flowers shared a summertime version with us, too, when she showed us her Spa Eggs. Like I said, there are lots of options with this project!

DIY Clay and Styrofoam eggs

Soothing Spa Eggs

Merry, Bright, Jolly, Santa, Peace – what word or words would you stamp on your Holiday Deco Spheres?

Happy crafting!


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18 Responses to Tinsel Tuesday: DIY Holiday Deco Spheres with paper clay

  1. CraftyB says:

    Great ornaments and decor! Like them.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Do you have a favorite holiday word or phrase you would use? Or maybe you’d use another theme, like the Spa Eggs? Happy crafting! Sharon

  2. These look like a lot of fun to make! Good things always come in three’s. I am thinking words like Faith, Hope, and Charity. Or Merry Christmas Blessings. Or Live, Life, and Love. Or Peace, Joy, and Mercy. Or Pray, Sing, Peace! Let your imagination go wild.

    • Sharon says:

      Those are all beautiful choices, Angie. I just had another idea – you could use a Christmas Carol theme – Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Fa La, La, Sleigh Ride, etc. Thanks for stopping in and sharing your inspiration! Sharon

  3. Happy Holidays, 2017, Baby’s First 2017, Joyeax Noel, the person’s name are all a few words I would use to decorate these! Tinsel Tuesday is so fun! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      Oh yes, great idea to add a date! Have you worked with paper clay, Barb? If so, any tips for those who haven’t tried it yet? Thank you and craft on! Sharon

      • I use it quite often. A few tips are: when wrapping up any leftover clay, dampen a paper towel and wrap clay in it then wrap in original package and put in an airtight baggies or container. If clay gets a little stiff while working with it add a drop or two of water and mix it in. Last tip is, when rolling things out make sure that you keep the layer at the same thickness. That way it will dry evenly but if for some reason one area is thicker than another you can sand it with regular sandpaper! Hope these tips help!

      • Sharon says:

        Excellent! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us! Craft on, Barb!

  4. Anne Marie says:

    i have never worked with clay – guess I should give it a try.

    • Sharon says:

      Paper clay is very forgiving, and of course, there’s no kiln involved. How easy is that? I hope you do give these a try. Happy crafting, Sharon

  5. Deb Kaste says:

    Very clever idea! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Katiria says:

    Those look like they are heavy but they are made of Styrofoam! What a cool technique. I’d stamp the words “JOY” and “CHEER” that way I could keep the decoration around until New Year’s 😉

  7. LisaM6 says:

    Love both ideas. Air dry clay is on my list next trip to town. Both ideas are fun and could make so for some great home décor!

    • Sharon says:

      So glad you like these deco spheres! The air dry clay is available in lots of colors, and you can blend colors, too, so they’re not just for Christmas. That said, can’t you see these as ornaments, too? Xo, Sharon

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