Monday, November 30, 2009

Ornaments, family style

Baked Salt Dough Ornaments

Do not eat the "cookies", which taste REALLY bad. Just ask Eric. Heehee. (In my defense I told him what was in it and that it would taste awful before he tried it.)

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

Mix ingredients together and knead. Roll out flat and stamp with cookie cutters. Place on an ungreased sheet and bake for 2 hours at 250 degrees (F). You could let them just dry out like play dough but that would take too long and I'm impatient.

After the ornaments are finished cooling lay out paints and brushes and give the kids painting shirts. Have fun! Oh, and butcher paper or newspaper would also be a pretty good idea. Just sayin'.

We have bought 4 little trees for the kids' bedrooms and they'll get to decorate them with their own special ornaments. I helped paint for Keith since he was still napping but everyone else painted their own and we had a ball. The kids ended the evening covered in paint (hence the painting shirts) but it all washes off the kids easily enough so that's okay.

The painting in the living room is finally finished. Yay! Yay! Yay! (Not that I'm relieved or anything). I have the garland up on the staircase and the tree will go up this week. Then I will have pictures of the painting and Christmas all rolled into one because it's, um, more efficient that way. Yes, that is the real reason and it has nothing to do with the toy tornado that ripped through the house this weekend...


  1. You're hilarious! I'm sure we'll all look forward to seeing pics! I'm glad you posted that recipe. I had the recipe years ago for the 'baked' ornaments, but lost it. Making homemade ornaments was one of my favorite holiday memories! Looks like the kids will have their own fond recollections, too! : )

  2. Very very cool. I still have some from when I was a kid, but I never did it myself with my kids. Great idea for down time at Grandma's this year.

    Any specific kind of paint?

  3. These are adorable. Great idea! How come we never made these when we were kids?

  4. I agree with Bambi. This would be a great idea for when we're in Reno. And you and the girls could come over and give us pointers!

  5. Oops, change "girls" to "kids". :)

  6. rxBambi and Barb ~ The craft paint is available several places. I buy it at Michael's usually because they have a pretty big selection. I would love to come over and "help".

    lee ~ Because neither of us was creative enough to figure out that we could make our own play dough? Or for the same reason that we had mac and cheese for holiday dinners? Heehee.


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