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With the kids finishing up school and going on winter break, parents are gonna need all the help they can get! Enter: homemade Christmas Ornaments! These ornaments are the perfect way to keep your kids entertained and make memories (and ornaments) that will last a lifetime. This recipe was taken from the Yummy Toddler Food blog. More information on how to make these ornaments, as well as different variations can be found here.

Photo from Yummy Toddler Food
Salt Dough 

Ingredients: 

1 cup table salt

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups water

 

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together until the mixture becomes to thick to stir. Once this happens, use your hands to finish bringing the dough together.
  3. Knead until the dough is soft (about 3-5 minutes)
  4. Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick
  5. Cut the dough into shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. If you would like any ornaments with your childrens’ fingerprints, handprints, or footprints, you should do this now.
  6. Make a small hole in the dough, large enough for a ribbon to be strung through. This will be where the ornament hangs from.
  7. Bake in a 250 degree oven for 90 minutes to 2 hours. The ornaments should be firm to the touch when they are finished.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool

 

Decorating the Ornaments

This is the fun part! Let your kids go crazy and decorate the ornaments however they please!

We recommend using acrylic or tempera paint. You can also add things like beads, glitter, sequins, and ribbon! Once the paint has dried completely, seal with Mod Podge to preserve your beautiful ornaments!

 

We hope you enjoy this fun and kid-friendly ornament activity! Enjoy a fun and safe time with your family this holiday season!