This is our first year trying out the salt dough ornaments that float around the web at Christmas time. They are super easy to make and a are a great project to do with kids around the holidays. It seems like they will be able to last for a couple of years to, if stored away properly. We are using them on the kids small Christmas tree in their room. I am definitely loving how they turned out and my kiddos had fun making them!
- What you need to make the ornaments: 1 cup all-purpose flour; 1 cup salt; 1 cup warm water.
- Additional items: Paint (I used acrylic paint colors); glue, glitter or other small decorative items, and a straw.
- What to do: Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in water to make a play-dough type dough. You may not need to add the entire cup of water. So just use your judgement.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Roll out dough unto a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes (I used Christmas cookie cutters). Place the cut out shapes on an un-greased baking sheet. Before baking, use the straw to punch out holes to place the string in the ornaments later (see photo below). Bake the dough in the oven for 2 to 3 hours or until they are very hard. After they have cooled, paint them and allow them to dry. (We only painted the front side). Then if desired, paste with glue and add glitter or whatever other small objects you desire. If you use glitter, shake of the excess when the shapes have fully dried. Now, tie a string through the holes of the ornaments and hang them up on your Christmas tree!
My kiddos are still very young toddlers so after they painted these larger size bears, I helped them shape the letters of the beginning of their names with glue. Then they sprinkled the glitter on them. I also helped them form decorative edges around the bears. When the ornaments were dried, we shook of the excess glitter, and added the ribbons. They turned out beautiful!
Have you tried making any kind of Christmas ornaments before?
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27, KJV).