Salt Dough Ornaments

 

This year we thought it would be a good idea to use child-friendly ornaments on our tree. I am slowly collecting beautiful old glass ornaments, but those are displayed in an old box on our table (away from little hands). I don’t really get upset if ornaments break, they are just things. And I am usually the one that breaks the ornaments. L. and I had fun making them. I did most of the mixing, but she helped cut them out and paint them.

The recipe:
1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water
That’s it! Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Roll the dough out on a floured surface. Cut out with your favorite cookie cutters. Make sure to punch a hole in the top of each ornament with a straw so that you can hang them up once they’re dry. (Sorry, I don’t have any photos of this process – my hands were covered in flour. Plus, I’m a slacker.) Bake the ornaments at 250˚ until they feel dry and hard. I didn’t really time mine. I let them set out overnight just to be sure they’re dry.

 

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Next came to fun part, especially for L. We painted the ornaments with regular acrylic craft paint. It was a little messy, but fun. I think the whole painting process took a whole afternoon.

 

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We let them dry on newspaper. You can see how some of the ornaments look a little warped. I don’t think about it now that they’re on the tree. Besides, imperfections add character. Right?

 

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The next step was my favorite, hanging the ornaments on the tree.

 

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This one was done by L. I encourage you to leave your children’s masterpieces untouched. These have much more meaning than the ones I did.

 

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Oops. Where did this ornament come from?

With just the ornaments, the tree looked a little sparse. So we added a dot garland that I made a few years back. I used silver thread and white round labels. Stick two labels together with thread in the middle. A very easy, but time-consuming project. I can’t believe I had the patience to do that! I store it on an empty paper towel roll from year to year.

For a few dollars, and a little time we have a child-friendly tree this year. And we love it.

You might wonder what we did with the teeny tiny ornaments that L. was painting. I let her pick out more colors and we put them on a ribbon to hang in her room. They ended up hanging on her bed. She calls them her shapes.

 

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