Each year after Thanksgiving, the kids and I look forward to putting up our Christmas trees. Yes, I said trees. We have two larger ones that we put up each year. We put one in the living room and one in the school room.
The main tree is in the living room. This is what we all consider “my” tree. It’s the tree where our heirloom ornaments and my “nice” ornaments are hung.
Our school room tree is slightly smaller, and it’s where we hang all our “kid” ornaments. This tree is the one that can be seen from the street. It’s brightly colored with all of our kid-made ornaments and the kids’ annual ornaments (the new ones they get each year).
Easy Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments
Every year, Emma makes new handmade ornaments to hang on that tree. It may not be our formal tree, but it is certainly our sentimental one.
This year, Emma made salt dough ornaments. She mixed the dough and made the ornaments all on her own. If you’ve got crafty kiddos, they can make some ornaments of their own, as well.
Ingredients for salt dough ornaments
You’ll only need a few simple supplies:
- 2 cups flour (we used white whole wheat flour)
- 1 cup table salt
- 1 cup water
- paint, twine, ribbon, glitter
How to make salt dough oranments
Mix all of your ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a dough that isn’t sticky. If it’s sticky, add a little more flour.
Cover your surface with parchment paper, and roll out your dough. We made ours about 1/4″ thick for fear they’d be too heavy for the tree if they were any thicker.
Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Use a straw to cut out a hole to hang them on the tree once they’ve baked.
Bake at 350 degrees for an hour or two. Thinner salt dough ornaments require less time than thicker ones do. Ours took right about an hour.
(Note: The white whole wheat flour turned brown when we baked the ornaments. However, this isn’t a problem since we planned to paint them.)
Once they cooled, Emma painted them with some craft paints we had on hand. They’d be super festive sprinkled with glitter while the paint was still wet. Spray them with varnish to protect the paint.
Now, we can’t wait to put our kid tree up so we can hang our new ornaments on it!
Do you have any ornament-related traditions?
This post is linked to the Hip Homeschool Hop.