About seven years ago I made clay ornaments to decorate my tree. It just happened out of the blue, I felt like making something with clay and that was the result. While I was living with my parents-in-law for four years, they decorated their tree with the ornaments. Recently we moved so I took all my ornaments with me but I made a set of 8 new ornaments to give them as - one of the - thank you presents for letting us stay with them.
Anyway, it took me a week to make them, because I used air-dry clay and -of course, distracted me- bought terra clay in stead of white clay, wherefor it needed two layers of white paint before I could decorate them with golden paint. Include the drying time of the clay and white and gold paint layers and a layer of varnish and you're busy for a week ;-) I used several materials that I had left from years of collecting all little things. I save everything when I get a present. I was once given a very kitchy Christmas wreath and I totally took it apart and saved the bits and pieces I could once use for crafting).
The box pictured above caught my eye in the crafts store in the wooden department. It only costed 3-4 euros. The dark oak varnish I bought in a local DIY store. First I removed the lock and hinges and then I polished the box with sand paper. It got two layers of varnish.