One of the best things about the holidays is looking for the perfect Christmas tree and decorating it with the whole family. But let’s be honest: Not everyone has a living room large enough for a huge Douglass Fir tree a la the White House. So if you’re looking for decor inspiration for your small dorm, condo or cubicle, then you should give mini pines a try. And what a better way to decorate your tiny tree than handmade Anthropologie-inspired pretzel ornaments?

Materials and Tools:

— air-dry clay

— parchment paper

— white spray paint

— X-ACTO knife or box cutter

— gold Sharpie

— glue gun and glue sticks

— tiny gold ribbon


1. Protect your surface by covering it with a piece of parchment paper. Then warm the clay between your hands until it’s soft and malleable.

2. Roll the clay between your palms to create a long thin cylinder shape.

3. Hold each end of the clay and create a U shape.

4. Cross over the ends, then pull both ends towards you. You should see your pretzel starting to take shape.

5. Cut off the excess clay from the ends and let your pretzel dry.

6. Wait until it’s completely dry, then spray paint both sides.

7. Leave the paint to dry for 15 minutes, then add some gold dots with your Sharpie.

8. Glue the tiny ribbon onto the back of the pretzel and leave to fully dry.

First of all, be sure to protect your workspace with a piece of parchment paper. Then, warm the clay with your hands. When it’s soft and malleable, roll it to create a cylinder. Once you have a long thin piece of clay, it’s time to create the pretzel shape. Hold the clay at the two ends, make a U shape, then cross over the ends and pull them toward you.

At this point, trim the ends and let the clay dry according to the specified time on the packaging. Then add the final touches: Spray paint the ornament white, add some gold dots and glue a tiny ribbon onto the back of the pretzel. Once it’s dry, you’re ready to hang your teeny tiny ornament.

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