Tuesday, December 13, 2011

homemade ornaments

These lovely little ornaments are one of our favorite holiday crafts. Using homemade playdough, cookie cutters and presses the kids create simple ornaments to give as gifts and add to our tree.

Play Dough Recipe

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp oil
food coloring

Combine the dry ingredients and place in a heavy pot. Mix the water and oil together before pouring into the flour mix. Whisk to combine and heat over medium-low heat, stirring as the mixture thickens. In a few minutes, you will have playdough! Press a bit between your fingers to test the consistency. If it's still too sticky, stir and cook a little longer. Separate into as many pieces as colors you want to make. Roll the dough into a ball, make a well in the middle, add your food coloring and knead the color into the dough.

Once you have your dough colored, you can get to work rolling out the dough and cutting the shapes. Using a small point (such as a toothpick) make a hole for stringing the finished ornament.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 300 degrees for one hour. When the ornaments are cool, you can decorate with glue, glitter, paint, ribbon and more.

Once dry, they're ready to add to your holiday cheer!


Sandie Phelps said...

love this!!!! Isabella has made an ornament every year of her life. Even her first year she did a handprint ornament and when she was one she did a finger painting ornament. So I will have to use this idea!!! So excited!!!

Lindsay said...

Great idea! Now I'll have to go out and pick up some food colouring. No way will my kids want to miss this one :) Thanks for the inspiration!

jessi said...

It's a good thing I didn't eat them last week. I saw them on the counter and thought maybe they were cookies, but then I got distracted by pop corn and cheetos.

Jessica Thomas said...

Ughhhh they all exploded in the oven :(