I can hardly believe we are already talking about Christmas. I know it's still a little on the early side, but as always it's going to be here before we know it. One of my favorite traditions is making salt dough ornaments with my little girl every year. She loves it and it's something we always look forward to doing together. It's also really cheap and easy to do! You probably already have all the supplies in your pantry. Here's the recipe we use. I've tried others but always come back to this one.
Salt Dough Ornament Recipe
1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup water
Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl until a soft dough forms. Kneed the dough for a few minutes until it's soft and no longer crumbly. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface just like you would cookie dough. Cut out the shapes using cookie cutters of your choice. If the dough sticks just add a little flour to the cookie cutters. Place the shapes on a cookie sheet and bake them in a 200 degree oven for 2-3 hours. The amount of time will depend on the thickness of the ornaments. After they have cooled, paint them and seal them with a clear sealer of your choice. I've used a clear spray sealer and modge podge, both work great.
This year it's all about unicorns and everything girly and pink. I picked up a small, hot pink Christmas tree at Walmart after Christmas last year and I think these ornaments will be the perfect addition. I used this set of cookie cutters from Amazon (affiliate link) as my inspiration.
Here's a peek at a few of the ornaments from years past.
Have you started your Christmas decorating yet? I held out as long as I could, but I gave in and decked the halls last week. I felt like I really wanted to be able to take my time putting everything up this year and enjoy the decorations for a little longer than usual since the season always seems to fly by. The only downside is my daughter has been asking every day if it's Christmas yet!