Sunday, December 7, 2008

TCB-Dough Ornaments

Making dough ornaments has been a Christmas favorite in our house since I was a little girl. They are fun to make, but even more than that, it is so nostalgic to look at them on the Christmas tree, year after year. The ornaments can be as simple or involved as you want to make them, ranging from cookie cutter molds to hand-crafted masterpieces. They are perfect for kids, and they make great presents for grandparents, teachers, neighbors- you name it!

Here's how to do it

First make the dough. There are tons of recipes out there just like this one:

2 C. flour
1 C. salt
1 C. water

Mix salt and flour. Add in half the water, then gradually add the remaining water. Knead until the dough is smooth, this can take up to 10 minutes.

Once the dough is ready, make your ornaments! You can mold with your hands or with cookie cutters. Make sure to insert a paper clip in the top of each ornament to serve as a hanger for the tree.

Place ornaments on cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees. After they cool, paint the ornaments with acrylic paint. For an extra nice touch, you can buy a shiny finishing spray at a store like Hobby Lobby.

I'd share pictures of the ones we've already made this year, but unfortunately all but one were eaten by Marlee (the dog), so I'll put some nice pictures of some I found on the internet.

We'll be making a new batch soon, this time keeping them out of Marlee's reach! I hope some of you enjoy this crafty adventure into ornament making!

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