Saying I Love You in Sign Language is a universal symbol for both hearing and deaf persons.  These DIY Sign Language Ornaments are colorful, meaningful and say it all for someone special in your life.  Not only for Christmas, use these pretty ornaments to welcome friends and family to your home with a simple message: I Love You.

You can say I love you in sign language in foreign countries in which you don’t speak the native language and people will understand you.  Giving sign language ornaments as gifts shows that your affection for that person.  They are easy to make and only require a few supplies.  Here are step by step instructions to make the most meaningful and memorable gifts you’ll give this year.

Sign Language Ornament |

How To Make I Love You In Sign Language Ornaments:

Do you want to tell someone you love them without words?  Make I love you in sign language ornaments that will show how much you care.


  • Glass ball ornament
  • Flesh colored clay
  • Red clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Silicone mat
  • Exacto blade or crafting knife
  • Miniature heart shaped cutter
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Sign Language Ornament Supplies |

I Love You In Sign Language Ornaments Steps 1-5

Step 1: Roll out flesh colored clay with the rolling pin until you have a thin circle of clay that is relatively symmetrical in thickness throughout (approximately 2-3mm).  Using the exacto blade, cut out the shape of a hand in the I love you in sign language symbol.

Carve out clay hand |

Step 2: Next, roll out a small amount of the red clay and cut out a heart in the size that will fit on the hand.  If you don’t have miniature clay cutters, you can use the exacto blade to free-hand cut a heart.

Roll and cut out red heart |

Step 3: Bake in the oven according to the package instructions, reducing the cook time by 2 minutes.  This will insure that the clay remains pliable.  After you remove it from the oven, allow to cool for approximately 1 minute – only long enough that you can handle the warm clay without burning yourself.

Red heart on clay "rock out" hand|

Step 4: Shape the warm clay over the glass ball ornament and glue them together.  You may want to hold it cupped in your hand, putting slight pressure on the clay.  This will keep it rounded as the glue dries.

"Rock out" hand with red heart on red glass ball ornament |

Step 5: Once the glue is dry, it is finally time to put the finishing touches on your I love you in sign language ornaments.  Cut a pretty, matching ribbon and tie it to the glass ball ornament cap.  If you are giving as a Christmas gift, you may want to use holiday ribbon for this step.

Ribbon tied on red glass ball ornament |

That’s it!  Now you have a sentimental gift that the recipient will cherish, knowing they are someone special to you.  I love you in sign language ornaments are perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents’ Day, Christmas or even as “just because” gifts any time of the year.

Completed Sign Language Ornament |

Tips For Making I Love You In Sign Language Ornaments

  • If you need assistance with Step 1, print a picture out from the internet and trace it onto the clay, making sure image is no larger than 1 1/2” tall for a 2 5/8” glass ball ornament.
  • In order to make your area clean and smooth, do all of your clay work on a silicone mat.  It isn’t required, but makes this DIY easier.
  • It is important to keep the clay thin in steps 1 and 2 as the thicker the design, the harder it will be in future steps to adhere.  In addition, the weight from the clay on the glass ball will pull, making it more challenging for your final product to hang properly.
  • You want to make sure the clay doesn’t harden or cool completely.  It needs to be pliable to form to the round shape of the glass ball ornament.

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