For the past two Christmases, Raegan and I have gathered around the kitchen table to make our Christmas DIY clay ornaments while noshing on Christmas snacks, hot chocolate, and listening to our favorite Pandora Christmas stations. It’s always a special time! Plus, I’m just as excited about the experience of making the dough, shaping the ornaments and painting each masterpiece. It’s always momentous because we laugh and spend quality time together establishing tradition. This year, we were so happy to be able to continue the tradition with little Miss Audrey Reese.
Normally, I get a little nervous doing DIY with the girls because I know it’s about to be oh so messy (pull out wipes right about now). The experiences of ornament making and memories always outweigh the messiness. At the end of it all, I have a happy little artist and curious explorer that create these lovely keepsakes that Raegan strategically and independently hangs on her own tree, we adorn on our family tree and often use as Christmas gifts to family and friends.
I pray that they will both share these traditions with their children and reminisce about the fond moments that we shared together as mommy and daughters.
So by all means, pull out these items below, grab two doses of patience and happy ornament making!
- 1 Cup Of Salt
- 2 Cups Of Flour
- 1 Cup Of Water
- Cookie Cutters (various shapes here)
- Baking Sheets
- Rolling Pin
- Measuring cups (in addition to measuring, I used these for shaping the dough into circles)
- Ribbon (festive colors here)
- Acrylic Paint (various colors here, here)
- Rubber Stamps – Letters & Numbers (you can buy these for $10 on amazon.com)
First, you’ll combine your salt and flour in a bowl and slowly add in the water. (You may opt to have different quantities depending on how many ornaments you desire). Continue until it is dough light and not too sticky. If the dough is too dry you can add more water. After kneading the dough, you’ll flatten it out with a rolling pin. This is a great opportunity for your child(ren) to gain empowerment, independence and confidence!
Second, I aligned the ornaments onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper or you can use Pam spray. Make sure you poke a hole through the top using a straw so that you can hang them when you are done and bake these for two to three hours at around 100 degrees C/ 200 F. If your ornament is thick you may need to turn it over while it’s cooking. As an alternative, you can also let the ornaments air dry overnight (for at least 12 hours).
Third, Time to decorate. I spray painted these white and allowed to dry overnight. You may get away with allowing to dry for a few hours, but I played it safe. Then, hand brush/paint with gold acrylic paint. Note: I did attempt the gold spray paint on a couple of these, but I didn’t like the end result. I highly recommend the white spray paint and hand painting with acrylic paint.
Fourth, adorn with festive Christmas ribbon. Now, your ornaments are ready to hang on your Christmas tree or wrap and give away as gift. We’ve given the grandparents handmade ornaments every year as a Williams tradition.
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