Thursday, November 15, 2012

Salt Dough Ornaments

Ah, the poor are some crafty folk. Me being one of them, I can relate a little bit. Actually, I can relate a whole lot. We some how have lost or misplaced or got rid of our very small amount of Christmas stuff in our move out to the west coast. But the URGE to decorate is still very much there. We're ordering our WHITE Christmas tree from Walmart (we found an amazing deal! only 39 bucks! Pre-lit!) and I plan on stringing popcorn and fruit loops just like I did when I was a kid... but that also leaves the question about what to do for our ornaments? I started to think about all the fun ornament crafts I did as a kid. After looking into buying a bunch of cheap plastic ornaments (nothing wrong with plastic ornaments, but it honestly felt kinda sad when in my opinion, ornaments should mean something - at least it does to me), I knew making my ornaments was going to be the cheapest most hipster thing to do. 

I plan on making a stupid amount of salt dough and cinnamon dough ornaments with Wyatt. I'm gonna let him paint some and I'm going to decorate some for myself. I think this would be such a fun craft with him and I'm really looking forward to it. Wouldn't these make great gifts too? I think they'd be awesome wedding favors too. 

For instructions on making salt dough and cinnamon dough, scroll to the bottom.

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How to make Salt Dough Ornaments-
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
Mix together until dough forms and then knead for 7 - 10 minutes
Use cookie cutters or whatever else you want to make your shapes. Make sure you use a straw or pencil to poke a hole in the dough before you bake. Bake the ornaments on an ungreased cookie sheet at 250 degree for 2 hours. Let them completely cool before painting - that is if you plan to do so.

How to make Cinnamon Dough Ornaments-
1 cup of cinnamon
3/4 cup of applesauce
2 TBS of Elmer's glue
Mix ingredients together until it is like dough. Add more cinnamon if too wet, more applesauce if too dry. Should be like dough. Mix in your school glue. Roll out your dough and cut out your shapes. Bake at 200 for 2 hours. 

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