Christmas Traditions!! – Ornaments

I am so excited to share this post with you!

One of the best parts of being a mommy, for me anyway,

Is creating and maintaining traditions with my children.

Every year the boys and I make Christmas ornaments.

This tradition started a few years ago when we made felt ornaments.

Last year we made these beauties,

This year, while I was looking for idea’s I kept coming across

Saltdough Ornaments.

The looked easy enough and like they would be A LOT of fun.

Guess what, they were!

A friend of mine, posted a note on facebook sharing the recipe she used

And pics of her finished product.

Here is the recipe:

What you need:

  • 4 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups of water
  • Rolling Pin
  • Parchement Paper (you can use PAM if you don’t have this, but Parchment Paper works best)
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Toothpick(s)
  • Ornament hangers or sting or dental floss
  • Acrylic paints (tend to work best)
  • Puffer Paints (if you wany)

Directions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

 2) Prepare your cookie sheets. Line with Parchment Paper or LIGHTLY spray with PAM cooking spray.

 3) Mix all Flour, Salt and Water together to make a dough. It will be sticky at first, if it’s a little crumbly, just add a little bit more water. Don’t over do the water though because it will make it too sticky and you wont be able to work with it.

 4) Once it’s all mixed together, you will need to knead the dough for 25 minutes. This will help eliminate “most” of the air bubbles.

 5) Now that your wrist’s are good and tired. Roll the the dough out to about 1/4 of an inch thick (give or take).

 6) Use cookie cutters to make desired shape, place cut-outs on a cookie sheet. Be sure to use a toothpick to place holes at the top of the ornaments for hangers or string.

 7) THIS NEXT STEP IS IMPORTANT: Salt-dough has a tendency to “bubble”, this can cause the ornament to crack. To help prevent bubbling, take a toothpick and lightly poke tiny random holes all over the ornament. This will help release the air and kinda keep them flat. The holes are that noticeable if you plan to paint them. Also, once they come out of the oven you can try to poke hole on the bottom to release some of the trapped air as well. This will help prevent them from cracking in the future 🙂

 8) Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are a very light golden brown on the bottom. Watch them, because they can burn quickly!

 9) Take them out from the oven and let them cool. (I know it’s hard to keep the little ones from getting antsy, but if you can let them cool for at least an hour, the better.)

10) Once cooled, you can paint them.

 11) HAVE FUN!

 They were so much fun to make.

Take a look…

Flour, salt and water, couldn’t be easier!

It looks good enough to eat. Noah didn’t believe me when I said it wouldn’t taste

Like cookie dough. He insisted, so I let him taste it.

GROSS!

This is how I did the required kneading.

10 mins in the Kitchen Aid, 10 mins by cute, little hands!

It feels like playdough and doesn’t stick to countertops.

They loved it!

Rollin with my homies! *Name that movie*

Cookie cutter time.

Good times!

They came out perfectly!

Now for the creative part.

Noah is my realistic artist.

Collin is my creative thinker.

Here they are!! Almost 40.

Noah made this cute doggie in a sweater.

Collin went all out on this little pup and tree.

Noah wanted to make one like the Gingerbread Man I painted.

He did a great job, don’t ya think?

There you have it!

Let me know if you try it. 🙂

 Merry Christmas!

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