Kids Craft Projects: Making Dough Ornaments

Kids can use these easy instructions to make festive dough ornaments for Christmas. Included are directions for making unique cinnamon ornaments and decorating ideas.

Making dough ornaments for Christmas is a fun and festive way to prepare for and celebrate the holiday season. Dough ornaments make impressive gifts for special friends and relatives. They can be ornately painted and decorated, but they're also very nice when simply coated with clear varnish.

You can make one type of dough ornament using your microwave oven. For this project you will need 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of salt, 1-¼ cups of water, food coloring, waxed paper, a rolling pin, a microwave-safe baking sheet, a paintbrush, and clear varnish. Optional supplies are food coloring, glitter glue, and acrylic craft paint.

Mix together all the ingredients. Add a few drops of food coloring to the dough if desired. Knead the dough for 6 - 8 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and pliable. Roll out the dough until it's approximately 1/8 inch thick. Make sure it's rolled out as evenly as possible.

Cut out festive Christmas shapes using cookie cutters, and add features with additional pieces of dough. Roll out little balls of dough to form Christmas ornaments for trees and facial features for characters. Make narrow strips of dough to create garland, bows, and other details of your choice. Use small pointed objects such as toothpicks to carve intricate details. Be sure to make a hole in the top of each ornament for hanging. A drinking straw can be used to create a hole that's just the right size.

Cover a microwave-safe baking sheet with waxed paper, and microwave the ornaments between 2 and 3 minutes on high. This amount of time will vary according to the wattage of your microwave. Determine the amount of time required while baking the first batch.

While the ornaments are still warm, they can be optionally decorated with colored sugar and nonpareils. You could also decorate them with colored beads or other decorative trim if desired.



When the ornaments are cool, you can paint them using acrylic craft paint or you can give them a simple coat of clear varnish. Painted ornaments should also be given a protective coat of clear varnish.

Hang your completed ornaments using gold or silver elastic bands or 1/8-inch wide satin ribbon. They can be used to decorate Christmas trees, and they make wonderful ornamental additions to wrapped packages.

Aromatic cinnamon dough ornaments can be made using ground cinnamon and white craft glue. Start by mixing together 1 cup of ground cinnamon, 4 tablespoons of white craft glue, and approximately ¾ to 1 cup of water. Mix in the water gradually until the right consistency is achieved. Kneed the mixture until it's well blended and pliable.

Roll out the dough to an approximate thickness of 1/8 inch. Use cookie cutters to create the shapes you desire. Cute cinnamon people can be made using cookie cutters designed for making gingerbread men. Other suggested shapes are stars, Christmas trees, elves, bells, and ornaments. Don't forget to make a hole in the top of each ornament for hanging.

Allow the cinnamon dough ornaments to dry in a warm location. After they are completely dry, you can decorate them using glitter glue, beads, or other decorative trim of your choice.

Hang your cinnamon ornaments using 1/8-inch wide satin ribbon of various colors. They will provide a long-lasting fragrance that is simply irresistible. Use them as decorations on wrapped gifts, Christmas trees, or hang them in a sunny window where they'll emit a delicious cinnamon scent.

Make sets of these special ornaments to give away as gifts to those you love. Package them in a festive Christmas tin, and protect them with layers of colored tissue paper. When stored in an airtight container, these unique ornaments will retain their mouth-watering cinnamon scent for years to come.

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