Toddler DIY Project: Crayola Model Magic Christmas Ornaments

When the personalized wedding cake topper I ordered off Etsy arrived, I was convinced something was awry. The description clearly said “clay” yet the box felt light as air. After ripping the box open, I was surprised that it was indeed inside and exactly as I had ordered it…

crayola model magic custom wedding cake topper

How could this be? It felt almost like styrofoam. After some quick google research, I discovered it was made from something more commonly referred to as Air Dry Clay, and I knew I needed t get my hands on this stuff!

Fast forward just a couple weeks and as luck would have it, I received an opportunity to try a few of Crayola’s products to complete a craft project with my toddler for the holidays. I was thrilled to find some Crayola Model Magic included in the kit!

Crayola Model Magic is amazing. Aside from just wanting to squish it endlessly, it’s a modeling compound that is soft and squishy, doesn’t stick to your hands yet sticks very well to itself. You can keep it in an airtight container to reuse later or let it air dry to preserve your masterpiece. While I don’t have half as much talent as the artist who made our wedding cake topper, I knew that this being our first year to put up a Christmas Tree, I wanted Whistler to make some keepsake ornaments and this was perfect for the job.

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crayola model magic christmas ornament 1

I gathered some cookie cutters, my fondant rolling pin and my Wilton Roll and Cut Mat.

crayola model magic christmas ornament 2

I squished some blue and yellow together to make green and then rolled it out and used a Christmas Tree cookie cutter shape.

crayola model magic christmas ornament 3

After molding a small star for the top, I left it up to Whistler to decorate the tree as he liked.

crayola model magic christmas ornament 4

Apparently balls are in this season :)

crayola model magic christmas ornament 5

Once he was finished, I added a simple glitter garland using some white/clear Crayola Glitter Glue.

crayola model magic christmas ornament 6

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I was also able to make the trunk brown by simply coloring it with Crayola Slick Stix. If you haven’t seen or used these yet, they produce a silky, smooth, opaque color on unconventional surfaces like foil, foam, sandpaper, paper towels and more and I was happy with how easily I was able to color the clay.

I used a toothpick to create a hole for hanging and have set the ornament out to dry overnight. Whistler can’t wait to hang it on the tree tomorrow morning!

crayola model magic custom christmas ornament

Looking for more ways to get crafty for Christmas? Here are some fun ideas from Crayola:

Be sure to check out the Crayola “Holiday Crafts” Pinterest Board for even more inspiration.

The Crayola product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Crayola.

13 thoughts on “Toddler DIY Project: Crayola Model Magic Christmas Ornaments”

  1. I made my grandpa a super awesome “salsa party dish” out of Model Magic as a kid. Though I don’t think he ever used it for serving (turns out I made the space for salsa WAY too small), it’s still holding up great two decades later on his shelf of collectables.

  2. I’ve heard a lot about this stuff lately, I think my son would love it. How long does it take to dry? I can see making Christmas ornaments out of this stuff next year.

  3. As your child grows older this will continue to be the favorite ornaments as they were made together and the memories will last forever. Love your ornaments.

  4. Your ornaments came out cute. I agree, the Crayola Model Magic is lightweight and fun to play with. We just made some owl ornaments and used the model magic for the owl’s eyes and beak but I would like to make just ornaments with the stuff too!

    The tree cookie cutter is a great idea, I might have to copy it!


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