I have heard for years about people making their own Christmas ornaments. I hadn’t put much thought into it because I really enjoyed going out and finding beautiful and unique ornaments. (Which is a little more difficult living overseas.) However, after having both my girls I wanted to find a way to do something fun at Christmas that they could help with.
I started looking up ideas and came across a simple salt dough ornament recipe. (1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup water mixed and after making your ornament bake for 2-3 hours at 250 degrees.)
We started by preheating the oven and mixing the dough. Once the dough was mixed we rolled it out and cut out shapes. We used a variety of cookie cutters from a heart, candy cane, butterfly, yoda (We love Star Wars), and my two favorite plain round cuts that we placed my two daughters hand prints into. I loved the idea of having their hand prints encapsulated for Christmases to come. I placed them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and baked for 2.5 hours at 250 degrees. Before baking the ornaments I used a straw to put a hole to attach a string.
We loved the end result and plan to make it a yearly tradition. I might also suggest that these would make great grandparent gifts. Actually I might do that this year, please act surprised if you get one. Have you made a salt dough ornament, if so leave me a comment and tell me about it.
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