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Tis the season for ornaments!

If you read Wednesday’s blog, you know that I have been seeking out homemade ways of making ornaments. Today we did the simple version – salt dough ornaments. I didn’t have to get anything extra because I had everything I needed already at home. That was the best part for me!

All you need is this:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of water

Simple, right? You could easily half this recipe (we probably should have). I had two of my nephews over so we had five people doing it and still threw out at least half of the batter. However, after it was in the trash, I regretted it. It is very similar to the consistency of Playdoh and I think the kids would have enjoyed playing with it later. Keep that in mind for yourself.

The best part for Maddy was mixing it all together and then digging her hands in to knead the dough (which needs to be done for about 10-20 minutes to get everything mixed well and a good consistency to work with). I didn’t get pictures of the kneading because I was having fun doing it myself.

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Then the creative process begins! There is so much you can do with the dough. Different shapes, different colors, patterns, additions. So many possibilities! My nephew decided to make little men that aren’t even going to be ornaments (be sure to add holes if you are going to be hanging them on the tree). Be creative and have fun with it! I noticed after we were done that I barely took any pictures of the process. That was just because I was busy designing my own. This is really an activity that all ages can enjoy.

Maddy did want to make balls but I explained to her that they needed to be flatter so they would harden.
Maddy did want to make balls but I explained to her that they needed to be flatter so they would harden.
Oliver got a little overwhelmed at first.
Oliver got a little overwhelmed at first.
Then he got into it (tears and all).
Then he got into it (tears and all).

Here they were before putting them in the oven (300 degrees for about 20ish minutes).

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Did you know that you aren’t supposed to put wax paper in the oven? Well, I know that now! I had to move the ornaments from the wax paper to aluminum foil for the oven. This made some of them misshapen since they had begun to harden when the oven started smoking. 🙂 They didn’t turn out super well because of that but the kids still love them!

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We had added glitter which I think makes it look really festive. You can add paint after they are hardened or glaze to make them shine. I think they are great as is and looks perfect on the tree.

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What do you think? Have you tried any of the DIY ornaments we suggested? Let us know if you do. We would love to see them!

Much love,
<3 Jamie