Hey there~ Jennifer here. Here is another Homemade Christmas Decoration tutorial. This one is for Salt Dough Ornaments. This is a great one to fo with your kids and pets. Salt Dough is basically all natural playdough. It can be shaped, take impressions and be baked to form a hard dried keepsake.
Here is an example of my dog, Brody’s paw print. He is like my child so this ornament is one I will cherish forever. He wasn’t so keen on the idea of pressing his paw into the dough so we had to roll it up and back out again several times but it was worth it!
You can also do baby prints, thumbprints, or anything else you could imagine that would leave and impression in the dough. Be sure to use a toothpick to label and date the ornament before you bake it!
I do not claim to have invented salt dough ornaments by anymeans so google or pinterest search for other ideas for yours.
Here is the recipe I used from http://chocolateandcarrots.com/crackersandcarrots/2012/09/salt-dough-impressions : (with a few of my addtions)
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup water
- parchment paper
- straw for hole punch
- Combine all the ingredients. If the dough seems too dry, add more water.
- Split the dough into several parts.
- Shape the dough and place on a baking sheet (or oven safe plate), covered with parchment paper. I smoothed the top of the dough out by laying parchment paper on top and rubbing my hands on it.
- Gently push either a foot, hand, paw, etc into the dough circles.
- Use a knife to cut clean edges around imprint if you would like
- make a hole in the top of the ornament with the straw
- Bake at 200°F for 3-6 hours until dry.
- Allow to cool.
- (Optional) Paint with acrylic paint.
- If the dough is still wet underneath after they bake, turn over and bake some more until completely dry and hard.
You can also add cinnamon to the dough for that delicious Christmas Fragrance
So there you have it! We would love to see your creations so be sure ot comment and let us know how your project turned out 🙂
More Homemade Christmas Decorations tutorials to come so check back regularly!