I hate compulsive shopping. The pointless materialism that drives you to buy more stuff just simply because YOU CAN. Black Friday and other sales make it more affordable but we forget that it’s still stuff that we don’t really need. I love the buying pyramid the base of which begins with “use what you have”. Don’t have? borrow, swap, thrift or make. If you can’t do any of that and still really need it, THEN buy it.
We made a whole lot of Christmas Tree Ornaments last year (had to buy the tree and laces though!) and when I opened up the christmas box last week I was stunned to see them all intact! Just the way they were when I first made them! Who knew!
I made a fresh batch last week anyways, for a super cool christmas decorating activity at school & to send to our families back home. The kids were absolutely thrilled pouring copious amounts of glitter over it!
Here’s how we went about it: I laboriously kneaded 2 cups white flour+ 1 cup salt +3/4 cup water, and got my annual arm exercise (yeah, baby!). Well of course there can be various combinations they'll all turn out fine. If you hate the stickiness of the flour, add some more salt. After rolling it on a parchment paper (baking paper) I had my kid cut out christmas shapes with cookie cutters. Then I poked a hole in each with a straw (to enable stringing it with wires or yarn) . I laid them all over a cookie sheet and baked it at 135C/275F for 1 hour 15 mins (*without any preheating).
What we used for decorations: yarn, glitter, sequins, confetti, scrap paper, wrapping paper, whatever I found at home.
Now for the pictures!
Fresh out of the oven!