Monday, December 1, 2008

Salt Dough Ornaments

We have small Christmas trees for each of our children. We let them decorate them and put them on their dressers. They love to fall asleep looking at their trees. Each year we make homemade ornaments that they can display on their trees. Last year we made salt dough ornaments.

Here is the easy recipe:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden spoon until the dough is smooth. You can also use your hands to knead the dough. If dough is sticky you can add more flour but you don't want it too dry or it will crack.
Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the dough. You can use a straw or toothpick to make holes in the top of the ornaments. If using a toothpick make a circular motion until the hole is the size you want it. Bake the shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet for about 2 hours at 250 degrees. Remove from the oven and allow to dry completely. Use paint and glitter to decorate them and then tie ribbons through the holes.