Friday, December 19, 2014

Dough ornaments!!

Every year as soon as the Christmas tree is up my girls ask to make "those ornaments."  Dough ornaments of course.  I usually mix up a few batches of salt dough, then we roll it out and cut shapes.  Don't forget use a straw to make a hole for the ribbon or hook! They take a while to bake, but that gives me time to dig out the paint and glitter.  After they cool, you can use anything to decorate them:  paint, glitter, buttons, sequins, pompoms, etc.  This year we made our ornaments during Thanksgiving week.  I have a few nicer ones that I've kept through out the years.  Some of them do not survive....  they get dropped, stepped on, or just crumble to pieces.  I've read that you can spray them with a clear varnish to make them last longer but I have never tried it.

Here's the recipe I use:

* 1 cup of flour
* 1/2 cup of salt
* 1/2 cup of water (or more as needed)
* flour for dusting

Mix the first three ingredients together until a dough forms.  Dust your rolling surface and rolling pin with flour to keep it from sticking.  Roll... cut out as desired.  Don't forget to make the hanger hole!  Then bake them at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours until they are completely dry.  Once cooled it's time for the fun and messy part -- decorating!  

Here we are having fun making dough ornaments... making memories!

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