Homemade Christmas Ornaments!

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!

DSCN0384   Yep, I’m that talented ;D

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!

Happy Holidays!

4 Responses to Homemade Christmas Ornaments!
  1. SJ
    December 23, 2010 | 7:51 AM

    They are such cute ornaments! What a wonderful idea. I’m adding it to my list of no buy christmas pressies :)

  2. Booyah's Momma
    December 23, 2010 | 9:24 AM

    I remember making these when I was growing up, but I’ve never tried them with my kids yet. I admit, the idea of the mess scares me a little. :) But yours turned out very cute!

  3. Mrs.Mayhem
    December 23, 2010 | 9:47 AM

    Oooh, love the addition of spray glitter! Your ornaments turned out super cute!

    Yes, it is always very chaotic when we make these, too. But isn’t that the case with most art projects for kids?! sigh.

    I’m glad the kids had a good time with the project. Thanks so much for the links.

    Merry Christmas!
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