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How to Make DIY Terrazzo Tile Ornaments

12.20.17

You guys, I’ve been dyyyyying to make a terrazzo tile project every since I saw Enthralling Gumption’s gorgeous tray. And then Fall for DIY’s soaps. And most especially, Ctrl + Curate’s earrings!

But first anxiety got in the way of all my crafting plans, and then it was time for holiday craziness, and somehow there’s always some reason for me to be behind, yada yada yada¬†DIY TERRAZZO TILE ORNAMENTS.

Make these easy and fun DIY terrazzo tile ornaments for a modern, colorful addition to your holiday decor. Make these easy and fun DIY terrazzo tile ornaments for a modern, colorful addition to your holiday decor.

Good things come to those who stop holding themselves back and just get to work. ūüėČ

These little clay cuties are so easy. You can make them with any color combinations you choose to match your decor. And this craft is addictive. Seriously, if you don’t like the terrazzo trend, you may want to stay clear of the blog for the next few months because I’ve got more ideas to come.

(Please don’t actually stay away from the blog. That would make me super sad).

I’ve never had a Christmas tree as an adult, and because I’m preparing to move I still don’t have one this year (yes, moving, a story for another day!). But I wanted to at least bring in some pine branches and was inspired by this look on Apartment 34. The DIY terrazzo tile ornaments bring in a little color while still keeping the tree modern, and I think they’re in keeping with a Scandinavian — or at least Scandibo — aesthetic.

Make these easy and fun DIY terrazzo tile ornaments for a modern, colorful addition to your holiday decor.

I know it’s late in the year to be posting a Christmas ornament DIY project (see reasons/excuses above), BUT — this ornament craft will only take you an hour for a whole bunch. And that includes the baking time, during which you can totally wrap at least two gifts, or watch half a Rick and Morty if you’re already done wrapping.

Make these easy and fun DIY terrazzo tile ornaments for a modern, colorful addition to your holiday decor.

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DIY TERRAZZO TILE ORNAMENTS

SKILL LEVEL: So easy.

TIME: An hour for a whole bunch.

WHAT YOU NEED:

+ One large brick (8oz) oven-bake clay in white (I’ve used Sculpey the most so that’s what I linked to here)

+ Four small packs (2oz) oven-bake clay in different colors (for these ornaments I used Tranquility, Leaf Green, Beige, and Cinnamon)

+ parchment or wax paper to protect your work surface (don’t use newspaper, it will transfer onto the clay!)

+ craft knife

+ clay roller

+ a skewer or thin straw to punch a hole

+ cord or string for hanging

+ scissors

WHAT YOU DO:

STEP 1:¬†Break off a ping-pong sized chunk of white clay and warm it up in your hands. Roll into a ball and then flatten into a disc. Using the clay roller, roll out the disc until it’s a little larger than a credit card, and a little thicker than 1/4″.

DIY Terrazzo Tile Ornament @idlehandsawake

STEP 2: Break off smaller pieces of your colored clay and roll those around to warm them up. Flatten slightly to make them easier to cut.

DIY Terrazzo Tile Ornament @idlehandsawake

STEP 3:¬†Now for the fun part — using the craft knife, cut slivers and chunks of colored clay in various shapes and sizes. If you need inspiration for how the shapes should look, try a¬†Pinterest search for “terrazzo tile”. But don’t worry about being too accurate — just chop away to make irregular shapes.

DIY Terrazzo Tile Ornament @idlehandsawake

Working with one color at a time, place the pieces onto the white clay and press down slightly. You can layer different colors on top of one another, but don’t smoosh¬†them or they’ll blend together.

I knew I’d be cutting away the edges of the final piece to make the ornaments, so I concentrated the colored chips in the center of the white disc.

STEP 4:¬†When you’re happy with how your tile looks, place a piece of parchment or wax paper on top and use the roller to gently roll all the colored pieces flat.

DIY Terrazzo Tile Ornament @idlehandsawake

If this makes sense, try to roll¬†down rather than¬†out, so that you don’t stretch the shapes too much. You want to just gently roll so they are flattened into the white background.

STEP 5: Cut away the edges of the disc to make a rectangle, and cut the rectangle in half to make two pieces.

DIY Terrazzo Tile Ornament @idlehandsawake

Smooth out the edges of the rectangles with your fingers and reshape if necessary. You might need to let the clay “rest” for a moment — when it gets warm from your hands, it’s harder to make crisp shapes.

STEP 6: Poke a hole near one end of each rectangle using a skewer.

DIY Terrazzo Tile Ornament @idlehandsawake

STEP 7:¬†Bake the clay as directed on the package. I have a little trouble telling when polymer clay is “done” so I sometimes bake it just 2-3 minutes longer than the instructions say if I’m not sure. Check out this blog post for some polymer clay baking tips.

DIY Terrazzo Tile Ornament @idlehandsawake

STEP 8: When your ornaments are cooled, add a piece of cord or string, and hang!

DIY Terrazzo Tile Ornament @idlehandsawake

Make these easy and fun DIY terrazzo tile ornaments for a modern, colorful addition to your holiday decor.

Make these easy and fun DIY terrazzo tile ornaments for a modern, colorful addition to your holiday decor.

Have you been swept up by the terrazzo trend yet?

Make these easy and fun DIY terrazzo tile ornaments for a modern, colorful addition to your holiday decor.

Stay tuned for one more holiday craft — those copper hoop ornaments! Did you think I could get through this season without a copper DIY?

Want more DIY ornament ideas? Right this way!

Author: Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

Maker, baker, cat momma, total nerd, perpetually covered in glitter/sawdust/paint. Blogging DIY and design for modern creatives.

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