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Christmas Ornaments from Dough

Kids can use this idea to make homemade Christmas ornaments made from flour dough, cornstarch dough or apple dough.  The apple dough Christmas ornaments add a wonderful scent to your Christmas tree.

You can find lots of Christmas craft ideas for decorations, tree ornaments and even some gifts you can make. Or would you like to read about where some of our Christmas customs came from? Looking for some new ideas for celebrating Christmas?  Don't forget to check out these great kids gift ideas.

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Children love making gifts for their parents and other adults who are important to them.  But what can they make that will delight the person they are giving the gift to?

Here's how you can quickly and easily get lots of simple, high quality gift ideas that you children can make.  Guaranteed to be fun the children making the gift, and a delight for the person receiving it.

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Baked Dough for Christmas Ornaments

Materials - flour, salt, vegetable oil, water, paint 

Instructions:

  1. Mix together 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 2 tbsp vegetable oil. 
  2. Slowly add 3/4 to 1 cup of water and stir until you get a nice clay consistency. 

Once completely mixed, make into the desired shapes for different Christmas themes.  You can mold shapes, or roll the dough out and use Christmas cookie cutters to shape.  

Bake your Christmas ornaments in a 250 degree oven for approximately 1 hour. This will vary depending on how thick you creations are.  Paint your finished ornaments.   

Hint:  Do not make the Christmas ornaments too thick or they will crack with baking.

Warning:  Kids should to have an adult to supervise when using an oven.

If you are looking for more dough recipes, please check the playdough recipes.  There are a variety of cooked and uncooked doughs there.

 

Apple Cinnamon Dough 

Materials - applesauce, cinnamon, rolling pin, cookie cutters

Instructions:

  1. Mix 1 cup applesauce and 1 and 1/2 cups cinnamon in a bowl until the dough forms.  
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon on your rolling surface, and shape the dough into a ball.  If it is too dry (crumbles) add more applesauce.  
  3. Roll the dough into a  thin sheet (1/2 cm or 1/6 inch).  
  4. Cut out the shapes with Christmas cookie cutters and transfer to a baking sheet.  
  5. Make a hole with a toothpick so that you can hang your Christmas ornaments  on the tree.

Bake at 200f for about an hour.

Warning:  Kids should to have an adult to supervise when using an oven.

 

Oatmeal Clay

1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup water

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.  Add more flour if necessary for the dough to form a lump. Have the children knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. You can add food coloring to the water before mixing the dough, or divide it into balls and add the coloring after the children mix and knead it.

Your children's finished crafts can air dry overnight.

Note: Children can store the clay in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag for up to 3 days.

Cornstarch Clay 1 (Porcelain type)

Ideal for items under 3/4" thick

2 cups (500 ml or .5 liter) cornstarch
2 cups (500 ml or .5 liter) baking soda
11/4 cups (310 ml) cold water

In a saucepan, combine cornstarch and baking soda. Gradually add water until the mixture is smooth. Heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches a moist mashed-potato consistency.

Turn onto a plate, cover with a damp towel. Knead clay when cool enough to handle. Clay is now ready to shape into craft projects.

  • children can add food coloring to make different colors.
  • roll out the dough into 1cm thick (under 1/2 inch) and have children make hand prints.
  • takes a long time to air dry or dry in a warm oven (200F) but it may brown a bit.
  • clay may crack if items too thick or bulky

Cornstarch Clay 2

1/3 cup cornstarch 
1/4 cup white glue

Mix completely.  Add extra corn starch or glue to get a workable consistency.

Store in plastic baggie.  Should last for months with no mold.

  • Projects can be air dried.
  • Try rolling out very thinly, then leave over night.  In the morning use punchies to create designs before it is completely dry.
  • Dries like china.

 

 

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Children love making gifts for their parents and other adults who are important to them.  But what can they make that will delight the person they are giving the gift to?

Here's how you can quickly and easily get lots of simple, high quality gift ideas that you children can make.  Guaranteed to be fun the children making the gift, and a delight for the person receiving it.

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