Bubbles has been very interested in all the projects I’ve been working on for the Christmas in July series and she has wanted to lend a hand in most of them. Not all of them lend themselves well to her age group, but today I have a fun and easy craft that you and your kiddos can do together. You may want to do the mixing part yourself, but once the salt dough ornaments are done, the kids can have fun painting and personalizing them.
This recipe is great because you can use it to make pretty much anything. We used cookie cutters to cut out holiday shapes; some of them we painted, some we’ll leave “natural”. You can also press the kids’ hands or fingerprints in them to make milestone ornaments (which make great, inexpensive gifts for the grandparents, too).
Salt Dough Ornaments
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
Add flour and water to a bowl; pour in the water and mix together until a dough consistency is reached. I dumped it all in the bowl of my stand mixer and it made it much easier. Then I gave it a quick knead and rolled the dough out like I was going to make cookies. You’ll want the thickness to be between 1/4″ and 1/2″ thick.
We used a mix of different size and shape cookie cutters. As we cut them out, we laid them on a cookie sheet. Just before baking them I used a chop stick to create a small hole in each ornament so that later I could thread a ribbon for hanging. The smaller ornaments will need to bake for 2 hours at 250 degrees. The larger ornaments take a bit longer to set all the way through, so you may want to put them on their own cookie sheet, as they’ll bake for more like 2.5-3 hours.
This is a great craft to let even the young kiddos help with. Using the plastic cookie cutters with the rubber grips, Bubbles was able to cut out her own ornaments. After they baked, I gave her a paintbrush and some paint and let her paint some of her own along side me. She watched what I was doing fairly intently and then carefully spread paint around on her own.
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