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December 15, 2010

lassic Salt Dough Ornament Recipes. This is going on my Tute-do list. I love browsing the net searching for easy crafts I think I can do only to try and fail. In all that my kids and I will have spent time together learning we aren't perfect no matter how hard we try or how easy we think it would be. These are the teachable lessons we both crave. Let's get started!

Bake Dough Ornament Recipe
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water

1. Mix salt and flour.
2. Add in half the water, then gradually add the remaining water.
3. Knead until the dough is smooth, this can take up to 10 minutes.
4. For flat dough ornaments roll out the dough on baking paper
Or be creative and make odd shapes and wreaths (takes longer to bake)

Use cookie cutters, cut-out templates, or just use your hands.
Dust dough with flour and begin to add details to the ornaments with a toothpick, popsicle stick, and knife.

Don't Forget:
Use a straw to make a hole so you can hang the ornament.

Baking: Time varies based on thickness of ornament
Temperature: 325 degrees
Time: 1 1/2 hours - or until dry

Decorate: Let cool before you begin
Paint with acrylic paints
Glue on beads, buttons, or any fun accessory

Preservation: Making them last a long time
Coat with acrylic varnish when everything is dry

*** Color Variation Notes from our Visitors***
- Substitute coffee for water - great for gingerbread people - Thanks, Shelly
- Add food coloring to make dough a unique color - white, blue, red, etc...

No-Bake Dough Ornament Recipe
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups corn starch
1/2 cup salt
1 1/2 cups very hot water
1 T glycerine or vaseline

1. Mix flour and corn starch
2. Combine water, salt and glycerine until salt is dissolved
3. Add flour and starch mixture to liquid mixture, mix until it clumps
4. Form into a ball, then knead for 5-10 minutes until smooth
Note: Once complete, place dough plastic bag so it doesn't dry out.

Form ornaments - when connecting, braiding, layering pieces, coat them with water - this will act as a glue.
Insert hanging hook or ribbon while dough is soft
Let dry 2-3 hours before coating, adding decorations, or painting.

Preservation: Making them last a long time
Coat with acrylic varnish when everything is dry.

Pictures coming soon!
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