Courtesy of STAEDTLER North America
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Approximate Time: 4 Hours
How to Make Western Snow Couple Christmas Ornaments
Saddle up for a Western holiday season when you make these Western Snow Couple Christmas Ornaments. This ornament set is the perfect gift for any couple, new or old, and they'll love this cute snow couple even more when they find out you made them by hand!
Cover with foil
If you are using a glass ornament, skip Step 1 and bake the snowman directly onto the ornament. If not, cover the plastic ornament with foil and press down with fingers.
Cover aluminum ball with clay
Create a ball with aluminum foil about the size of a golf ball. Flatten white clay to the thickest setting on the pasta machine. Create a 4" x 4" square. If you don't have a pasta machine, you can use the side of a flat glass. Place the ball in the center and begin folding the ends of the clay over.
Smooth out clay ball
Continue encasing the aluminum ball inside the clay sheet. Trim off excess clay. Roll back and forth in your hands to smooth out seams and bumps until it is nice and round.
Cut & wrap a strip of clay
Flatten white clay and cut a 1/2" strip. Wrap around the neck of the ornament. Trim excess clay with a craft knife and smooth seam.
Press on head
Press head to top of ornament.
Make the cowgirl bandana
Mix 1 part red to 10 parts white to create a pink for the cowgirl. Flatten to a thin setting on the pasta machine and cut out a 5" square. Fold the clay diagonally and wrap around the neckline. Allow it to drape and form the bandana.
Start shaping hat
Create a large marble size ball of pink clay. Flattern 1 edge. Pinch bottom with fingers. Press an indentation at the top with your thumb.
Finish shaping hat
Cut a 3" circle from a sheet of pink clay on the thickest setting. Place the top of the hat in the center and smooth seam. Place on top of head and shape into hat.
Roll log approximately 2" long and 1/4" diameter. Add a small log to 1 side and smooth the seam for branch arm.
Shape & attach nose
Shape a small ball of tangerine clay into a cone and press onto face for a nose.
Press in eyes
Press in pre-baked black balls for eyes.
Twist & arrange rope
Roll a log of Sahara clay about 8" long. Twist and arrange on ornament for rope.
Twist a length of wire together creating a loop. Press end of wire into top of hat for the hanger.
Remove foil & bake
Remove foil from ornament, leaving the snow girl in tact. Place on a jar and bake according to manufacturers instructions and allow to cool.
Add the finishing touches
After the clay is baked and cool, dry brush white paint to highlight and add blush for the cheeks. Draw "x"s for mouth using permanent black marker. Glue on rhinestones. Fill ornament with pom poms. Draw snowflakes on with paint pen. You can make it even more personal by adding a name to the outside between the snowflakes. Glue onto ornament and let dry completely.
Repeat these steps for the cowboy snowman using chocolate clay for the hat and cherry red for the bandana.