Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Once a year, I head over to my Grandparent’s house to construct Christmas gifts with my Gran. We both have a love for homemade goodies, and my grandmother is the Queen of Craft. She has an endless den of craft supplies, dedicated to ribbons, buttons, and bows. String, yarn, and dough. Clips, pins, needles and thread. You name it, she has it and then some! This year we decided to make salt-dough ornaments, inspired by this post.

We first whipped up the dough, which was very easy to make and only comprised of three ingredients – water, flour and salt.

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To make the dough, mix 1 cup of salt together with 2 cups of flour, and then slowly stir in 1 cup of water. If your Mum ever made you Playdough as a kid, this should seem eerily familiar!

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We used my Grandma’s awesome, retro Kitchen Aid, but you could always just mix the dough in a big bowl with a spoon or your hands.

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Once you have a big clump of dough, spread it out between two sheets of parchment paper.

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For this project, you will also need a straw, a rolling pin, stamps, ink, cookie cutters, and a baking sheet to pile everything onto when you’re done. You’ll also need some string or ribbon for the final touches later.

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Roll out your dough with the rolling pin between the two sheets of parchment paper. It should be about 1/3 inch thick. Make sure the rolled dough is the same thickness throughout, as you want it to cook evenly.

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Once you have a big sheet of rolled dough, dip your stamps in the ink and get decorating!

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I had santa stamps, Christmas lights, and Christmas trees. I also had some cute mini cookie cutters to play with.

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Once you have stamped the dough, center the stamp with your cookie cutter to cut out the shape. It’s better to stamp before cutting, as you can then be sure your stamp is centered.

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If you don’t have a cookie cutter, you can use the top side of a glass or can to cut out your shape.

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While rummaging through my Gramma’s supplies, I found a small lace doily and got creative! Instead of stamping, I rolled this pattern onto the dough for a textured ornament.

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Once you have all your ornaments inked and cut, use the straw to poke a little hole in the top of each dough ornament.

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Then, transfer them onto your baking tray. I used a mini spatula (yes, my Gran really does have everything!)

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Once you have them on the baking tray, they’re ready for the oven.

IMG_0398They need to cook at 250 for about 3 hours. I placed them on wax paper, but they stuck a bit once cooked. Next time around I will use baking spray instead of parchment paper.

IMG_0399Slide them into the oven where they will hang for a few hours. If they start to brown around the edges, they’ve finished and you can take them out.

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Once they’re done, give them a bit of time to cool off. I’ve they’ve puffed up a bit, you can press them gently down with your fingers or the back side of your spatula.

IMG_0417Once they’ve cooled, you’re ready to string! You can use ribbon, yard, twine – whatever you have laying around. Thread your string through the top hole and tie a little loop. Now they’re ready to be gifted or hung on the tree!

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I made ornaments for everyone in my family, and will be tying them to little bags of stroop waffles that I’ve brought over from the Netherlands.

IMG_0459 IMG_0454They make an adorable holiday gift, and can be appreciated on a Christmas tree for years to come!

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7 thoughts on “Homemade Christmas Ornaments

  1. I made these years ago. Never thought about stamping them; we painted with acrylic paint after baking or colored the dough with food coloring before baking.

    A tip if you have rodent or water issues where you store your Christmas items: spray the finished ornaments with a protective sealant or coat them with a brush-on shellac to protect them from being nibbled o. They’ll last longer and retain their color better too.

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