Christmas is one of the most beautiful and cozy family celebrations in the annual calendar and therefore it is eagerly awaited by young and old. And what we like most about Christmas is the festive decoration, the happy atmosphere and spending time with the family. Christmas is still an occasion to let your creativity run wild and to create themed decorative items. So the mood in your home will be even more festive. Do not miss this great opportunity to tinker with your children. This year, for example, you can make poinsettias and create beautiful Christmas decorations, and you can use FIMO polymer clay. This can actually be a no-brainer. Should we start?
Tinker poinsettias – ideas with FIMO polymer clay
DIY Christmas decoration in a rustic style
What is FIMO?
Before we start with our DIY project "Making Christmas Stars", we would like to say a few words about the source material. What is polymer clay and do you have to bake it or not?
Probably the most famous brand of polymer clay is called FIMO and we chose this for our project because we love working with FIMO. But what is FIMO?
FIMO is a polymer clay for modeling that hardens by baking in an oven at 110 ° C. But there is also FIMOair – a modeling clay that hardens in the air or at room temperature.
After curing, FIMO can be sanded, drilled, painted and cut. You can even add additional details to a model and then bake or harden it again.
The FIMO brand is very popular among hobbyists
FIMO is a non-toxic substance and almost odorless. FIMO modeling clay is available in many different colors, including transparent.
Other well-known brands of polymer clay are Sculpey, Cernit and Formello.
You can make wonderful creatures out of FIMO
More Christmas symbols
How to work with FIMO?
FIMO loves dirt, dust and hair or animal hair. Therefore, when working with the clay, you need to keep your hands clean, especially when changing from one color to another. A clean work surface is also important. You must wipe the surface with a cleaning cloth, otherwise the FIMO will become discolored and / or dirty.
You cannot use FIMO straight from the package because the modeling clay has a firm consistency. Break off a quarter of the plasticine and hold it in your hands by gently turning it over and over for 5-7 minutes. If you have hot hands, FIMO can become soft very quickly.
Works of art made of FIMO polymer clay
On a cold day, the clay can be placed on a covered hot water bottle for a few moments to warm it up.
However, do not try to heat FIMO in the oven or in the microwave, as the clay begins to harden and can then no longer be processed. Also, don't leave it in the sun.
After gently kneading the Fimo modeling clay for a while, roll it up into a ball and place it on your work surface. Roll the clay back and forth with the palm of your hand. If the mass cracks, then FIMO is not soft enough and needs more preparation.
Christmas motifs – fir trees
If the FIMO does not soften and instead simply disintegrates, it may have been stored for too long or under too warm conditions. FIMO provides the product for this purpose Mix Quick ago.
The chemical reaction that takes place between FIMO and this clear and slightly soft product is absolutely amazing. You only need to use a very small amount of Mix Quick, say 1/8 of the FIMO amount that is used. Simply take FIMO and Mix Quick and knead them together. Turn and knead both products until Mix Quick suddenly disappears and FIMO becomes smooth, elastic and usable again.
However, sometimes FIMO can appear too sticky or greasy. In this case, you can put the polymer clay between two pieces of kitchen paper and if that doesn't help, put it in the fridge for a few minutes.
More FIMO ideas
Once your FIMO plasticine is ready to use, you don't need to use it all at once. Wrap each individual color separately in cling film and put it in a sealing bag. FIMO can last for several months. And its life can be extended by using Mix Quick.
Extra tip: Do not model FIMO on a lacquered table top, as this can damage the lacquer.
Once you have learned the basics of crafting with FIMO, you can start modeling.
There are no limits to creativity!
Our DIY project – making Christmas stars
Now we can make a few festive Christmas stars out of FIMOair. Get the necessary materials and roll up your sleeves! Below you will find 3 creative craft ideas and associated step-by-step instructions.
Making FIMOair poinsettias – required materials:
- air drying polymer clay (FIMOair in white)
- Wax paper or parchment paper and tape
- rolling pin
- Cookie cutter star
- drinking straw
- small glass filled with water
- Ribbon of your choice or natural jute yarn
Make out the polymer clay
Tear off the required amount of clay
Knead the modeling clay with your hands
Tinker poinsettias – 1st variant
First place your wax paper on a surface and stick it with adhesive tape. This prevents it from moving. The wax paper is a good choice so that the clay does not stick to the surface. Fill a small glass with water and keep it handy.
Open your FIMOair and tear off a few pieces. The polymer clay is very flexible in the hands and easy to use.
Knead all parts together so that there are no air pockets.
Roll out the plasticine, for example about a centimeter thick.
With the cookie cutter, you can cut out stars from the modeling clay.
Prepare the work surface
Roll out the plasticine
Cut out stars
Remove the excess clay.
To smooth the edges of the poinsettias, dip your index finger into the water glass and gently slide the corners away.
Next, take the straw and make a hole in each star. Make sure it is big enough for the ribbon with which you will later hang your ornaments.
Put your stars aside and let them dry according to the instructions. The recommended time frame is usually 1-2 days.
Remove the clay residues and knead and roll out again if necessary
Slide the edges away
Make a hole in all poinsettias
Make Christmas stars – 2nd variant
Glittering poinsettias – Instructions:
For these shiny poinsettias you need the same materials as for the first variant and a golden glitter powder such as this,
Then proceed as for the first variant and before rolling out the clay, add some glitter.
Only then can you roll out the air-drying clay as usual and cut out stars. As before, make a hole with a straw in each finished ornament.
And leave your poinsettias aside so that they dry in peace.
Create stars using the cookie cutter
The polymer clay poinsettias are now ready
Tinker poinsettias – 3rd variant
FIMO gingerbread stars
You will need brown polymer clay for the necessary materials mentioned above. Since FIMOair is not available in this color, you can FIMO professinal in chocolate to get. Therefore, you should bake these FIMO poinsettias in the oven.
If you have remains of FIMOair in white, you can only create the white details after baking and then let the finished poinsettias dry.
Gingerbread or christmas decoration?
Proceed similarly to the previous two variants. Roll out the brown polymer clay and use the cookie cutter to cut out stars.
If you are with FIMO professional in white work, then just continue with the decoration.
Tinker brown Christmas stars
Take the white polymer clay and rub a piece in your hands until you have a long and thin roll. Place them on the edges of the star as shown in the next photo.
Decorate further with white polymer clay
Add six small dots and a larger one in the middle of the star. Or decorate your FIMO gingerbread stars as you wish.
As with the other variants above, you can now make holes using a drinking straw.
Then it's time to bake your FIMO poinsettias according to the instructions on the packaging.
Decorate your poinsettias as you wish
Please don't eat!
Now we have presented three very simple but effective variants for poinsettias made of polymer clay, which you can make yourself or together with your child. Have fun with it and enjoy the Christmas season!
Tinker poinsettias – more creative FIMO ideas
This is how you can add letters to polymer clay motifs
You work with polymer clay in a similar way to plasticine and dough
Fir trees, stars, snowmen are the most popular motifs for Christmas
Shining stars in red
You can also print poinsettias with patterns
Make an original Christmas garland
Deliver a loving message!