Making Keepsake Salt-Dough Ornaments

Making holiday memories and finding the perfect Christmas ornament for yourself or a loved one can be done at the same time making salt-dough ornaments.

The holiday season is fast approaching, and whether you want to remember it by picking out the perfect treasure for someone you care about or by spending quality time making memories with your family and friends, there is one way to do both at the same time. You can spend an afternoon making your own special holiday ornaments.

How many times have you tried to find just the perfect ornament for someone to no avail? Or have you ever wanted to do something memorable with the kids besides making the same cookies year after year? Then this is perfect for you. Using simple ingredients found in your cupboard you can make classic keepsake ornaments that people will long remember and appreciate.

For ornaments you will need: 2 cups flour

1/2 cup salt

3/4 cup boiling water

Directions: Put salt in a bowl and pour boiling water over it. Stir until the salt is dissolved. When salt water is cool, add the flour and mix well. Form a ball and knead it until you have a soft, pliable dough. On a floured surface, roll dough out until it is 1/4" thick. Trace or draw and outline your desired shapes onto the dough, whether it is a snowman or the shape of your dad's classic car, etc. (Dough can also be cut into strips and braided into a wreath or candy cane. Your options are only as limited as your imagination.) Cut out shapes with a sharp knife and carefully put onto a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Using the end of a straw, poke holes into the tops of ornaments. Bake at 200 degrees until the ornaments are hard. Once they have cooled completely, this is where the fun comes in. You can be creative and design them however you like and paint them with acrylic paints. When the paint is completely dry, spray them with a high gloss enamel/clear coat. Attach string or hanger as desired.

These homemade ornaments are so much fun to make, and economical, that you'll want to just cover your tree with them, as well as bestow them as gifts to others.

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