Sunday, December 12, 2010

Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Hand-shaped ornaments painted and on the tree



Cookie Cutter Ornaments




Pre-painted baked cookies
First coat of paint
Salt Dough Ornaments are a simple, inexpensive and beautiful addition to any Christmas tree, not to mention a great project to do with the kids.  I got my son involved in the painting of them, and our tree has never looked the same!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Baking sheets
  • Acrylic paints, glitter glue brushes.
Directions:
1.  Combine ingredients by hand, knead until well blended and wrap tightly with plastic so dough does not dry out.  Take only the portion you are using out at a time.  If it gets dry add a little water or, if too wet, add flour.
2.  Shape either by hand or with cookie cutters.  I tried both and really liked the way both turned out (although using cookie cutters was much faster).  Poke holes at the top of the ornaments.  Keep in mind they shrink a little when baked.
3. Bake for 8 hours at 200 degrees to completely dry out.
4.  When completely cool, paint with acrylic paints, thread ribbons through the holes and that's it! 

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