How to Make Ornaments From Dough

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    Using dough is one of the simplest - and cheapest - ways to make your own ornaments. There are several different types of dough you can make, but salt dough requires only basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Salt dough ornaments are most popular at Christmastime, but can be made for other occasions as well. For example, some families make salt dough eggs ornaments as Easter decorations.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1 c. flour
    • 1/2 c. salt
    • 1/2 c. warm water
    • Rolling pin
    • Cookie cutters
    • Drinking straw
    • Acrylic paints
    • Paintbrush
    • Varnish
    • Ribbon

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    Mix salt and flour together. Add water.

    Knead dough until smooth. The dough should be very stiff. Add more flour if it's too sticky.

    Roll dough out and cut out ornaments with cookie cutters, or cut out your own figures and shapes by hand.

    Push the straw through ornament at top to make a hole for hanging.

    Bake ornaments for 1 hour in oven at low setting.

    Allow to cool.

    Decorate with acrylic paint.

    Coat ornaments when dry with a clear protective coating.

    Put ornament hanger or ribbon through hole and hang.

    • If making ornaments with your child, write his name and date on the back of each ornament to create a special keepsake.
    • Although nontoxic, the dough is extremely salty and is not suitable for eating.
    • Decorated ornaments may be toxic and should not be eaten.