Looking for an easy, cheap gift or decoration for the Christmas tree? Straight from the kitchen come salt dough ornaments!
My friend Shana and I made and baked these last week, then painted them yesterday while our kids played. They came out great! You can really make anything you'd like, but we just stuck to cookie cutters and poking designs in circles using a toothpick. Shana made a cute one with her daughter's handprint in the center.
I got the recipe from Emma Hardy's lovely book, Green Crafts for Children.
The book has a lot of salt dough ideas, like jewelry and even a sweet little tea set that looks easy to make. Here's one of the beaded jewelry projects from the book:
The recipe is simple, just a cup of flour, a cup of salt, 1/2 cup of hot water, and a tablespoon of oil. You could add food coloring or powdered Kool-Aid for color, if you'd like.
To make, just dissolve the salt in the hot water, then mix into the flour with the oil. Shape it into whatever designs you and the kids like, making sure to poke a hole at the top for hanging if you're making ornaments. Then bake at 200 degrees for an hour. They look like cookies when they come out. After they cool off, paint them and then hang them on the tree.