Air Dry Clay Ornament Diffusers

4 Materials
1 Hour

How to make air dry clay ornaments for essential oil diffusers. These are easy to make from scratch, and it's a great project for kids to make after the clay has cooled. I added some essential oils to mine, but that's optional.

I used a fondant impression mat to make the faux wood grain. I also used scrapbooking stamps, but make sure the stamp has a deep impression. I also dry brush painted the wood grain, but this is optional.

To make the ornaments, you will need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Stamps or other things to make impressions
  • Straw or toothpick for the hole
  • String
  • Essential oils
  • Rolling pin
  • Towel
  • Medium saucepan
  • Acrylic paint

Start by combining the baking soda, corn starch, and water in a pan. Heat over medium heat while stirring constantly.

Heat until it starts to form a ball. Mine didn't hold its shape, but it did hold together. It took 6 minutes on my electric stove. Let it cool until until you can handle it. Then wrap in a damp towel until completely cool.

Roll it out. I used a rolling pin. The use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. I used a regular mouth mason jar to make circles.

Then press a straw in or use a toothpick to make a hole to hang it. If you want to make it textured, use an impression mat, lace, a textured glass, or stamp. Let them dry for 2-3 days. You can then paint them if desired.

Once they are dry, you can add the string. Add 1-2 drops of essential oils if you want. Hang them on your tree.

You can also hang these in small spaces as a diffuser. I have more tips to make air dry clay ornaments.

Suggested materials:

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Essential oils
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  • Mona Mona on Nov 09, 2021

    When do you add the essential oil?

    While cooking? Or rolling out?

    Can you add food coloring while cooking?

    I'm going to try these.

  • Pat Pat on Nov 09, 2021

    Can this clay be molded or is it just for roll out?

  • Laurie McKesson Laurie McKesson on Nov 21, 2021

    Can the clay be stored in an airtight container?


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  • Shelly Moore Shelly Moore on Nov 09, 2021

    I've made this recipe, added coloring as soon as it's done cooking.

  • Vivianne Vivianne on Nov 25, 2021

    My granddaughter and I just finished making a batch. We are so excited to add oil and embellishments. Thanks, Vivianne