November 29, 2007

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Almost ten (10) years ago when the children were quite small we made salt dough ornaments and painted them with the children's water paints.

Over the years they've gotten separated in many different bags and boxes, some have gotten broken, others perhaps have been lost. When we decorate the tree these years we have so many ornaments that we have to pick and choose which go up and I've already made plans next year to do two tree's, as the kids have an ornament for each year of their lives. Consolidated, that makes for 40 ornaments just from us, not to mention the numerous ornaments they made or got from preschool and school over the years!

Never the less I smiled when I saw this little guy on our tree this year. One of the children found him and chose to put him up. I'm happy to see him in such wonderful shape after all these years of being tossed and tumbled.

Homemade Ornaments with a typical Salt Dough

2 c all purpose flour
1 c morton salt
1 c water
food color - optional

Combine flour and salt in large bowl. Mix well. Form a ball by adding water slowly. Add color if preferred and knead 7-10 minutes.

Roll out about 1/4 inch thick. Cut shapes with a cookie cutter. Make a hole in the top to hang. Bake on a foil covered sheet 325 degree's for 30 minutes. Allow to cool. Paint and you can varnish or shellac if you would like them to last longer or be shiny. As you can tell from my photograph we used water colors with no finish and it's still perfect 10 years later.

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