This is a great activity to do with your kids, these ornaments are fun to make, very inexpensive, and DURABLE! I first started making these in 2013, it’s been three years (with 2 kids dropping them) and the ornaments are still in the same condition as when we first made them.
– 1/2 Cup Salt
– 1/2 Cup Flour
– 1/4 Cup Hot Water
– Food Coloring (optional)
The instructions are written below OR if you prefer instead to watch a video, press PLAY below =).
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
In a mixing bowl add 1/2 cup of salt. In a separate bowl or cup add 1/4 cup hot water and 6-7 drops of food coloring. Give it a good swish and then add the colored water to your salt and stir.
Now add a 1/2 cup of flour and mix with a spoon and then use your hands. Knead the dough until it is soft. If the dough looks dry, add a little extra warm water.
Roll the rough to about a 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to make your desired shape. Use a straw to poke a hole for where the string will go and then move onto decorating!
When you are finished your masterpiece(s), line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place your ornaments on top. If you find your ornaments are starting to look dry, dip a paintbrush in warm water and paint over the surface. Bake your ornaments for 1 hour and then let them cool.
I like to use a sharpie and write the decorators name and the year on the back. Then to finish it off I paint the entire ornament with mod-podge. When the mod page has dried use a peice of string to hang your ornament and you are done!
Here are a few of my most favorite ornaments and how to do them: