We keep our holiday decorations pretty simple. Too many makes our home feel cluttered. Besides children’s artwork, which there is no shortage of around here, an easy, inexpensive way to decorate is with the use of salt dough ornaments. We have a shelf in our living room with six hooks. It’s the perfect place to hang some ornaments without the decorations overtaking our house. Using cookie cutters we already have, a straw, and some inexpensive ribbon, we can easily make decoratinos that the kids love to help with. Extras make great little gifts for relatives and friends. If we don’t want to save them for next year, we can just make new ones when the time comes around, which frankly, is more festive anyway.
Salt Dough Ornaments:
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup water
After making the dough, roll out to about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and a disposable plastic drinking straw to make holes to later hang them. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours. When dry, let cool. Use as is or let your children decorate them. 1/8 inch ribbon works great to hang them.
Note: I normally double the batch, which allows us to make more than enough ornaments.