We've been getting in the Christmas gift mood lately. Emma is working like a mad woman on her Plastic Canvas Bookmarks and I have started some fun projects for the girls! (I'll share those with you as I get further along!)
I had an idea for making ornaments out of salt dough awhile back, and thought, "Wouldn't it be cool if we could embellish them with rubber stamps." So, I jumped onto Pinterest and voila! There were all of the tutorials and pictures I could ever hope to find! I guess no one has truly original ideas anymore:). Well, I guess that's not entirely true since we kind of put our own spin on the ornaments. You'll see in a minute.
Let's get started, shall we?
1 batch of salt dough (recipe to follow)
white school glue
For the salt dough:
1 C flour
1/2 C salt
1/2 C water
Combine the flour and salt. Add the water and mix until combined. If needed, flour your hands a bit and knead it all together.
This was by far the best salt dough recipe I have ever worked with. It wasn't sticky at all..actually it was a little on the dry side, but that was fine by us! It rolled out like a breeze and was just overall wonderful to work with.
Divide the dough in half. Roll out on a lightly floured surface until about 1/2 inch thick...I think some of ours were slightly thinner. It's ok. Just eyeball it. You don't want the dough tooooo thick or tooo thin. Juuust right:)
Next we got out our box of Christmas rubber stamps and chose a few to use. We used ones that said Merry Christmas or Noel on them, or had snowflakes, holly, and stockings on them. I also got out some of my flourish design stamps. The swirls and curly-ques turned out really cute! Now, get stamping!
Here's a smattering of our handiwork. The kids loved this step!
When you've finished stamping, it is time for baking!
Preheat your oven to 225*. Place your ornaments on a baking sheet and bake for about an hour. I set my timer for 30 minutes, checked them, and then reset the timer again. You want them to be firm and slightly tanned. They should not bend at all or push down when you touch them.
When they are finished, remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack...just like cookies!:)
We used Crayola Washable Kid's Paint, and that worked marvelously!
We also used some white school glue and painted it into the creases of the stamp designs. Then, we put glitter over it, and that turned out pretty neat as well! Sophia calls glitter 'sprinkles', and by the end of the project we were all referring to the glitter as sprinkles!:)
After they are completely dried, take your string of choice and run it through the holes. Tie a knot, and you're done!
Hang them up and marvel at your beautiful creations!!
This was a really fun project, one that all the children really got into. Elijah loved every minute of it! He didn't get antsy and leave half way through....it was great!
We hope you have fun if you try these out!