A few days ago I was doing my daily blog reading and came across Mothering Mayhem’s post on Frugal and Fun Ornaments for Kids! I immediately bookmarked the post and knew I wanted to make them with some of the kids I nanny for this week! Well today was the perfect opportunity to try out the recipe and activity! I was babysitting a family with four boys ranging in ages from 11-2, and we all (me included) had a lot of fun mixing, cutting, baking and decorating them! It was chaos while we were doing them, so I didn’t get any photos, but wanted to share the recipe with you all and the three ornaments I made!
Here is Mothering Mayhem’s recipe for making these ornaments!
Frugal Christmas Ornaments
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3/4 cup water (more or less)
food coloring, optional*
1. Combine flour and salt. Add water slowly, stirring until mixture forms a ball. Knead dough at least 5 minutes, until firm and smooth. Add more water or flour to get desired consistency.
2. Roll out dough. Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Use a skewer to make a hole for ribbon. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. Cool.
3. Leave plain or paint. Acrylic paint works best. Shellac if desired.
* Add food coloring to water for even coloring. Add to dough for marbled effect.
** This recipes makes approximately 24 ornaments.
We didn’t add the food coloring, but I think I’ll give it a try next time! We did add spray glitter and shellac to make them shinier! However, I’m now covered in glitter and shellac that I cannot get off! Oh well, the ornaments are worth it!