Clay Pot Santa Ornament

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This DIY Clay Pot Santa Ornament will be the cutest addition to this year’s Christmas tree. Kids will love making this fun and easy holiday craft and it’ll be a fun keepsake for years to come.

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A santa ornament sitting on top of a book.

If you love easy holiday crafts for kids, you’ll love turning an ordinary mini clay flower pot into this cute and festive ornament. This clay pot Santa ornament is such a fun and easy craft, and the finished project is an adorable homemade ornament that you can enjoy every year!.

Why We Love This Clay Pot Christmas Ornament

  • Easy – A little painting and glue is all that’s required. These clay pot Christmas ornaments are super easy to make and hard to mess up!
  • Inexpensive – You can find most of the supplies for this project at the Dollar Store, so it’s a great way to have some budget-friendly holiday fun.
  • Creative – If you’ve got any old terra cotta pots from gardening, there’s no better way to upcycle them than by turning them into a cute Christmas decoration.
A red santa hat ornament is sitting on top of a book.

In addition to being a cute tree ornament, it also makes the perfect place card for a holiday dinner or a fun tag for a present. Try making this cute Santa hat craft the next time you need a fun holiday weekend project that the whole family can help with!

Supplies Needed

A glue gun, scissors, and other supplies on a wooden table.
  • Terra Cotta Clay Pot – 2.5” in diameter – Dollar Store
  • Acrylic Craft Paint – Primary Red and White
  • Natural Jute Twine – Dollar Store
  • Black Ribbon – Dollar Store
  • Yellow Craft Foam – Dollar Store
  • Pom Pom, One Large White – Dollar Store
  • Chenille Stems, Two White – Dollar Store
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

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A santa hat sitting on top of a book.
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Clay Pot Santa Ornament

Active Time 30 minutes
Drying Time 30 minutes
This DIY Clay Pot Santa Ornament is the perfect Christmas craft. Kids will have a blast making their own and when they're done, they'll have a cute ornament to hang on the tree year after year!


  • Remove packaging and labels from all materials. Apply a base coat of white acrylic craft paint to the rim of the 2.5” clay pot. Let the paint dry and then apply a second coat, if needed.
    Clay Pot – 2.5” in diameter, Acrylic Craft Paint – White
    A bottle of paint and a brush next to a pot.
  • Paint the top section of the clay pot with red acrylic craft paint. Set aside to dry and then apply a second coat, if needed.
    Acrylic Craft Paint – Red
    A bottle of red paint and a brush next to it.
  • Cut a square from the yellow craft foam, then fold in half and cut a smaller square from the center to create a buckle. Thread the black ribbon through the buckle and use a glue gun to attach it around the clay pot.
    Yellow Craft Foam, 1/4" Black Ribbon
    A glue gun, scissors and yellow craft foam on a wooden table.
  • Wrap two white chenille stems around the rim of the clay pot, securing then with a glue gun. Cut a 12” piece of natural jute twine, tie it in a loop with a knot, and attach it to the top of the clay pot with a glue gun.
    White Chenille Stems, Natural Jute Twine
    A santa hat craft with a glue gun.
  • Attach the large white pom pom to the top of Santa’s hat with a glue gun.
    Large White Pom Pom
    A santa hat with a glue gun next to it.
  • Now all that's left to do is to proudly display your new ornament on the tree!
    A santa claus ornament hanging on a christmas tree.


  • Liquid craft glue will also work for this project, but you’ll need to wait for it to dry.
  • You can substitute cotton balls for the chenille stems and the pom pom. You’ll just need to use several cotton balls together to make the pom pom.

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