Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Christmas in August- Dala Polymer Ornament.

Yes Christmas in July has spilled over into August this year. Remember that Dala craftalong I made a quilled card for a few weeks back? Well here's another dala project I just finished.

Pam, from Gingerbread Snowflakes (and a co-host of the dala craftalong) was sweet enough to send me a giant dala cookie cutter AND give me free rein on what to do with it!

I love to make ornaments using cookies cutters and polymer clay. I think Christmas cookie style ornaments look adorable hanging from a tree. And once I saw pictures of real dala horses I thought polymer clay would be another great medium to showcase all that intricate detail.

For this horse I used a gingerbread colored base and added some snowflakes in honor of Pam's blog (coincidentally gingerbread and snowflakes are two of my favorite things, if I could pick any blog name to have instead of my own it would be Pam's). I kept the finish rustic (not worrying about the edges or the surface being too smooth). I felt it was keeping with both the carved wood on a real dala as well as the "cookie look" I was going for.

A note on safety: If you are going to use a cookie cutter with polymer clay do not use it for food again. I have cutters I use only for food and a set that I use only for crafting.

Occasionally I get a cutter that's special and/or a hard to find shape (like this one) so if I want to use it for crafting but keep the possibility open that I could use it for food I trace the shape out onto card stock...

and use that template to cutout my clay form using a craft knife.

Happy Christmas in July... well really August, and THANK YOU Pam for such a wonderful gift!


  1. I love, love, love yout polymer Dala! You are sor right! The clay is a perfect medium for Dala ornament making! And look at YOU! Gingerbread and Snowflakes! Perfect!

    Both are my favorites at Christmas too and that is exactly how I came up with the name for the blog - it was, after all in the beginning, supposed to only be about Christmas.

    Thank you so much for making and sharing this most awesome Dala Horse!

  2. Aww thanks Pam! I'm so happy you like the result.

  3. Free rein. hahaha You are so cute. :)
    Love the ornament!

  4. This is wonderful! I love the ornament idea, I really need to make one!

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