Scandinavian Christmas Dala Horse Ornaments

The Dala Horse is an international symbol of Swedish heritage, but just because you’re not Scandinavian doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun of the tradition.

What we need

– White oven bake polymer clay – Rolling Pin – Dala horse cookie cutter – Black acrylic paint pens: Fine tip & Extra fine tip – Black string – Parchment paper – Toothpick – Pencil

Let's make Scandinavian Christmas Dala Horse Ornaments


Heat your oven to 275 degrees F. Lay down parchment paper on your work surface. Unwrap polymer clay, form it into a ball, and then roll it out to 1/8″ thickness.

Cut out Dala horses by laying cookie cutter on the clay and pressing down firmly to cut through the clay.


Remove surrounding excess clay and set aside. We’ll roll the excess out later for additional ornaments. Cut parchment around the horses with a 1/2″-1″ border.


At the base of the horse’s neck/back, use a toothpick to form a hole large enough for the ornament string to fit through.


Once cooled, lightly draw your design on the ornaments with a pencil.


Fill in the design with paint markers. I found it easiest to outline the design with the extra fine tip pen first, and then fill in with the fine tip.


Cut string pieces roughly 11-12″ long. Feedthrough the toothpick hole and double knot the ends. Hang on your tree or tie into package bows gift toppers!


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