Christmas at our house is in full swing! And by full swing, I mean I still have half my presents to complete (I'm making most of them) and all the presents to wrap. Nevertheless, I can cross one thing off my list of things to do: Making salt dough ornaments! I've seen a lot of different recipes and ideas for salt dough ornaments floating around the boards on Pinterest lately and after researching a number of them, I decided on a recipe that I really like.
Salt Dough Ornaments:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3/4 cup warm water
Mix everything in a bowl. Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes. Yes, 10 minutes. You need to do this because it helps the dough to become smooth and pliable. While you're kneading, if the dough seems too sticky add a little flour as you go. Roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out as desired. For the handprint ornaments, we pushed my daughter's hand into the rolled out dough and then used a bowl to cut a circle around it. I used a straw to poke a hole for the ribbon and then used a toothpick to prick small holes for ventilation. Place ornaments on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and cook at 200F for 4 hours.
After they were cool, I painted them with acrylic paint. After the paint had dried, I sprayed them with clear sealant, which gave them a nice shiny look.
For something extra, I took a picture of Olive, cut it into a circle and attached it with Mod Podge to the back of each ornament. After it was dry, I sprayed it with the clear sealant.
Stick a ribbon on it, and you have a personal, homemade gift for a friend or family member. The ones I made are all for family members as a little something extra in addition to their main gift. I really like the way they turned out. Next year, of course, Olive will help with the painting and that's when they'll start looking really homemade!