Last year my daughter received a homemade salt dough ornament from one of her friends at school. I thought that was the cutest idea for kids to gift to one another and something that doesn’t cost a lot of money.
Christmas crafts aren’t something I’d really considered before – surely buying stuff was easier? But after she came home with that adorable ornament, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. All the different combos you could make, all the Christmas cookie cutters I just happened to have in the pantry... the possibilities are endless.
You could make them for your family, the classroom, coworkers – you name it! And your limitations are only set by the cookie cutters you own. That’s what I call simple. We decided to keep it simple with sweet green Christmas trees, but next year I’m thinking yellow bells with red bows. Wouldn’t that be adorable?
Salt Dough Ornaments are actually really easy to make and are the perfect activity for kids to do during the month of December, especially on days that are too cold or snowy to play outside. Plus, imagine decorating your own tree with handmade ornaments. How gorgeous would that be?
The hardest part of making these ornaments is simply making sure that your work surface remains dye-free. I recommend covering your work surface with parchment paper or a plastic table cloth (like you get from the dollar store). Wear gloves and aprons so that little fingers and clothes aren’t dyed red and green, but that’s about it.
We had such fun making these Christmas trees for my son and daughter’s classes. Pair this fun activity with a mug of Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate and a round or two of Christmas Book Bingo by the fire. That sounds like just about the most perfect winter afternoon I could ask for. I hope it does to you too!
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