How to Make an A-Frame Cabin Ornament

Art EducationBrigida SwansonComment

Supplies you'll need: polymer clay, clay tools like a knife or chopstick, wire loops, sandpaper, small paintbrush, acrylic paint and ribbon or twine.

Break up your clay into small squares.

Use your hands to soften the clay.

Roll the clay in the palms of your hands to create a sphere, then gently press it on a flat surface like a plate to form the sides and base of the triangular cabin.

Press eye-hooks or wire loops (I made my own) into the top of the cabin roof.

Use your fingers or a tool like a chopstick to gently smooth any cuts in the clay formed from the wire pressing into it.

Once you've finished the structures, bake in the oven according to the clay package instructions. I baked mine for about 30 minutes at 275 degrees.

After your ornaments have cooled, gently sand away any marks or imperfections.

Use acrylic or craft paint of your choice and a steady hand to add details like doors and windows to the front and back. Let paint dry.

Paint the roof shingles by first painting straight line stripes across each side of the cabin.

Then add alternating vertical lines to create the individual shingles.

Let the paint dry and attach ribbon or twine to finish off your ornaments, and enjoy!

Want to skip the process and get immediate gratification with these cute little cabins? Check out the Ornaments section of my shop for these and other handmade designs ready to be shipped to you from my studio.