DIY Dough Ornaments

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

These darling little ornaments are only three ingredients and are super simple to make. It's such a fun activity to do with the family and creates a great way to get creative with decorating.

*Just a little disclaimer- I did not come up with this recipe myself! It's all around the internet, I'm just passing along the great idea!


What you need:
1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of corn starch
3/4 cup of water

1. Combine the ingredients in a pot over medium heat. Keep stirring until the mixture turns into a dough-like consistency. It seems weird at first and almost like it will never turn into dough- but it does!

2. Once the dough is formed, remove it from heat and let it cool down.

3. Once the dough is cool enough to work with, preheat your oven to 175°F (or the lowest your oven can go) and begin rolling out the dough on a flat surface just like you would for sugar cookies. I kept mine about 1/4 inch thick.

4. Cut out your desired shapes using cookie cutters and using a straw, punch a hole at the top where string will go for hanging. I punched holes in some of my shapes, and used hot glue and twine to hang others. You can do it however you'd like. Transfer the shapes to a baking sheet or stone.

5. Bake your shapes in the oven for 1-2 hours or until they are no longer soft. Check them frequently so they don't over-bake and crack! Flipping them a few times also helps remove the moisture from both sides.

I ended up turning my oven off after an hour but still let the trays of ornaments sit in there for another hour while the oven was cooling down. You can also air dry these- but it would take a few days so I prefer to use the oven method.

6. Add your desired decorations! Whether that be glitter or paint or a cute little word, let yourself get creative! Use twine or ribbon to string through the holes at the top, and hang on your Christmas tree or around the house.

This would be a great little handmade gift for grandparents or really anyone! Not only are they fun to make but they turn out beautifully.

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