Stick Tree & Clay Ornaments for Easter

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter

Raise your hand if you like collecting and decorating with sticks? Umm… hopefully I am not the only one :).   I find sticks and tree branches to be unique and beautiful.  Their wood is neutral and you can dress them up or transform them to go with any décor.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter

In this DIY post I am sharing a stick tree and clay ornaments with an Easter twist.  I made this stick tree at home with my kiddos to put out over the season of lent and help remind us of what Jesus did on Easter.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - stamped clay

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter

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Supplies

-block of wood (at least 3″ long)

-stick with lots of branches

-moss (Quality Growers Preserved Reindeer Moss, 108.5 Cubic Inch, Spring Green)

-air dry clay (my favorite is,DAS Air Hardening Modeling Clay, 2.2 Pound Block, White (387500))

-String

To Make

For the Stick Tree

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - stick

1)After finding your perfect stick.  Cut a heavy block of wood (any scrap wood would do).  I used some leftover cherry wood we had in our garage but pallet wood or even a 2 by 4 would work.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - drilling hole in block

I drilled a hole in the center of the block about 3/4 in for the branch to fit.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - drilled hole in block

Lastly, I sanded the block down with our handy dandy orbital sander.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - clay to help secure branch

2)I rolled up a small clay ball and stuck it inside of the hole and placed the stick on top of it.  I placed more clay around the base of the stick to help strengthen the tree in kind of a volcano like shape.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - clay around stick base

It takes a good 24 hours for it all to dry.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - moss covering clay

3)I covered the base of the stick with some moss to hide the clay and give the tree some color and a little more interest.  You can use a glue gun to help secure the moss to the wood block.

For the Clay Ornaments

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - rolled out clay

1)Roll out the clay on a cutting board or a piece of wax paper to about 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch think.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - lifting clay with a spatula

2)Cut out your clay shapes using cookie cutters.  You can use a spatula to separate your clay shapes from the board.  (if you rolled out your ornaments on wax paper than this step isn’t necessary)

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - chop stick hole

Using a chop stick make a hole close to the top to make it easier to hang your ornament from later.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - alphabet stamps

3)Using alphabet stamps I stamped out the different verses and quotes I wanted to add.  Don’t worry too much about the quotes looking perfect.  I think the handmade imperfections add to the charm of the project.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - He is risen

The kids even stamped some too.  They chose to write, “He is awesome” and God gives me Peace.”

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - kids stamping

4)Let your ornaments air dry for 24-48 hours.  Flip them over halfway through.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - air drying on paper plate

I had mine dry out on a paper plate.  Once dry you can sand any rough edges.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - sanding edges

5)If the clay you are using isn’t the color you want you can paint it.  I chose to spray paint mine white because I am a neutral girl.  You can also use acrylic paints or even markers to get it to be the color you want.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter - spray paint

6)Cut string to about 6″ long and knot it around each ornament.  Hang them up being carefully to distribute their weight equally so the tree won’t topple over :).

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter

For our church’s women’s retreat this year I was asked to come up with a craft that everyone could make and take home.  One of our theme verses for the retreat was “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” John 15:5

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter

The sticks grounded in the wood were to represent our branches when we are joined in Christ and the clay ornaments stamped with joy, love and friendship is the fruit we bear when we abide in Him.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter

Stick Tree Craft for women's retreat

I loved the craft so much that I decided to make another one for our Easter table.

Stick Tree and Clay Ornaments for Easter

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