Christmas is less than a week away which means that we are in full Christmas-craft-mood! Last minute gift tag or personalized Christmas ornament? Or like I did, a fun little light chain? Go for it!
In the last years we pretty much always made our own Christmas ornaments in one way or the other, but usually with salt-dough. Salt-dough is a great medium to work with, especially with kids – but have you noticed that the dough, when dried, always is quite porous? Mine also tends to crack and looks a bit yellow. Not a major deal breaker, but I have found a better recipe, just as child friendly and made with ready available (baking) supplies: baking soda, cornstarch & water. Sound simple enough doesn’t it?
Ok so what do we need?
- 1 Cup of Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup of Cornstarch
- 3/4 Cup of Water
- Cookie Cutter
- Sauce Pan
- Wisp & Rolling Pin
And what do we do, once we have all the ingredients at hand?
Mix all the ingredients together in a small sauce and heat it up on your stove. Make sure to constantly steer the whisk. After about 6-7 minutes it the mixture will start bubbling and slowly thickening up. Keep on steering, until you can see that a dough is forming. And don’t worry, the dough is fairly sticky at this point.
Transfer the sticky dough into a bowl, cover with cellophane foil and let it cool down.
Once your dough has cooled down, flour (or cornstarch) down a surface and roll out with a rolling pin. The dough has a very soft consistency and should roll out super easy. If it’s still too sticky, add a little bit more cornstarch.
Now you can choose the cookie cutter of your choice to cut out ornaments. We used stars for the small ones, and big stars & hearts for the bigger tree ornaments. Remember if you make tree ornaments, make sure to add a hole for threading, before letting it dry.
Drying! I let ours air-dry, because at whatever I do, I let things burn, burn badly! I have however heard you can could dry them in the oven at around 50 degrees for two hours. But make sure to keep an eye on them, so they don’t change colors. Because this is the beauty about those ornaments – they are snow white.
For air-drying, place the cut out ornaments on a baking tray, let rest for 12 hours and than flip them over to let them rest for at least another 12 hours.
Now you can either decorate your ornaments further, like we did with some of the stars, where we added golden glitter (oh all the fun with glitter) or just fold them into a light chain, hang them on a tree or use a golden wire to attach them presents. The world is your oyster.