Sunday, November 27, 2016

Make a little something, for someone you love: Salt Dough Ornaments! (Practical Mondays #37)


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!


Kid-Made Christmas Gifts: Salt Dough Ornaments, Make a little something, for someone you love


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!


DIY Christmas Gifts: Salt Dough Ornaments, Make a little something, for someone you love
Fresh out of the oven!

DIY Christmas Gifts: Salt Dough Ornaments, Make a little something, for someone you love
Fresh out of the oven!

DIY Christmas Gifts: Salt Dough Ornaments, Make a little something, for someone you love
Here are the JOYs we made for our families! (Even glued magnets on the back, incase they want it on the fridge instead)

DIY Christmas Gifts: Salt Dough Ornaments, Make a little something, for someone you love
This batch was for the Kids Activity: Each kid got one christmas tree, one snowflake
and one snowman (with the cute little hat I made!) 






DIY Christmas Gifts: Salt Dough Ornaments, Make a little something, for someone you love
Good job kids!



Kid-Made Christmas Gifts: Salt Dough Ornaments, Make a little something, for someone you love
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21 comments:

  1. Awe, love the pictures of the kiddos. My kids have always enjoyed making salt dough ornaments. My favorite are a hand print from my son and a foot print from my daughter the year she was born.

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  2. I love these ornaments and am pinning this to remember for a future gift (only because we've got this year's ornament gift done already!

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  3. I used to love making salt dough, I cant wait until my two are old enough to make some baubles at Christmas. It's looks like you all had a great time!

    #MarvMondays

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  4. I made these years ago with the girls and they still look like new. Fun and easy activity!

    #dreamteam

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  5. These are so fabulous!! I'd seen some on Instagram last week, and never heard of them before, and immediately really wanted to try making them with my children!! I can't wait to build up a collection of ornaments for the Christmas tree, that they've made!!
    #bigpinklink

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    1. So much fun! Hope you take the dive soon :)

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  6. They are so cute! Easy to see that the kids had lots of fun!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  7. So clever! My little one would love doing something like this, and I think its a great little family tradition to have each year. I think we might have to try and give these a go :-) Thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

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  8. These look so mazing. I think my daughter made something similar at nursery however they don't look anywhere near as fabulous! May give it a go at home!

    Amina xx | www.AliandHer.com #coolmumclub

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  9. Oooh what a fab idea! I've not tried making these but might have a go this Christmas. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

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  10. They look great! I made salt dough decorations a couple of years back but had sort of forgotten. You may well have prompted me to do some with the boys again this year.

    #bigpinklink

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  11. Hi Swapna, just hopping back to let you know that you will be featured at SYC tomorrow.
    hugs,
    Jann

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