Simple salt-dough ornaments provide family fun and make great gifts

salt dough ornamentsKids love to create! With this fun and simple craft project, your kids get to play with dough, molding, shaping, and cutting out their favorite holiday shapes. Then, they get to decorate the ornaments they’ve made. Voila! One-of-a-kind ornaments you can give as gifts this holiday season.

To make the dough, you’ll need:

1 cup salt

1 cup water

2 cups flour

Blend these ingredients together in a bowl until they are dough-like. Sprinkle flour on your counter top and knead the dough, slowly adding more flour until it feels smooth and elastic and is no longer tacky.

Flatten the dough with a rolling pin and use cookie cutters to create shapes. You can even use stamps to add designs and textures, or get a print of your little one’s hand to commemorate their first Christmas.

Use a straw to poke out a hole at the top of each ornament, so you can hang the ornaments once they’re done. Place them on a cookie sheet, and bake them at 200 degrees F for 4-6 hours to get rid of any excess moisture.

Once hardened, you and the kids can decorate them with markers, paint, glitter, or watercolors.

Lastly, once the the markers or paint has dried, you’ll want to coat them with 3 thin layers of polyurethane gloss, so they will last for many more years! Let them dry, and they’ll be ready to hang on your tree!

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