We had our first big snow on Saturday.  Big, white, fluffy flakes that had the boys begging to bundle up and go out from the moment they saw the first flakes fall.  I’m not a big fan of winter, but there is always something a bit magical about the first snow fall.  The boys spent most of the days romping in the drifts, making snow angels and having snowball fights.

When they did come back inside it was only because their cheeks were too cold and their mittens too wet.  While all their snow gear was warming in the dryer they filled up on hot cocoa, cookies and a little crafting.

salt dough

This year, we are having a bit of a homemade Christmas.  After many years of the same old decorations I wanted something new, but didn’t want to spend a lot in the process.  So, we are making our own.  We’ve been on a bit of a crafting craze since Thanksgiving.  I think we’ll be finding glitter until June.

I’ll share more of what we’ve made in upcoming posts, but for starters thought I’d share these salt dough ornaments.

salt dough

Salt Dough Ornaments

1/2 cup salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Mix together salt, flour and water with a mixer or by hand.  Knead with your hands to help it come together and become smooth.  Use rolling pin and roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness, using extra flour if needed to prevent sticking.  Cut out desired shapes using cookie cutters.  Bake for 2 hours at 25o degrees.

salt dough

salt dough

When they are finished baking and cooled, paint or decorate them anyway you like.  Tie with festive ribbon to hang on the tree.

salt dough

We made ours into ornaments for Christmas, but you can see here how we did a little something different with them for Valentine’s Day.

7 Responses to Salt Dough Ornaments

  1. Wendy says:

    Thanks! I was trying to decide what ornaments to have the kids make this year. This is PERFECT for all of my age-levels. And, it involves dough and painting…couldn’t be more perfect! :)

  2. bentley says:

    you’re boys are so lucky to have you. and i love the new header! hope you are enjoying the holiday season. xo

  3. Alison says:

    Thanks Bentley…I hope you are enjoying the holiday season with your boys too!

  4. holly b. holland says:

    I would like to receive your recipe newsletter, also I would like to email the peppermint chocolate cookies to my email address so I can save it in my recipe folder, but ut usn’t letting me do either, could you please see if you can do it from your end ? Thank- you.

    • Alison says:

      Holly–You can now subscribe to my blog updates via email. In the sidebar under ‘Subscribe by Email’ just enter your email address and provide confirmation. Thanks!

  5. marita lahood schroeder says:

    Alison,
    I printed your granola recipe last March and just today I got around to actually making it. I have one batch in the oven doing the final bake and some sitting waiting. For the maple syrup I used 1/2 Log Cabin All Natural Maple Syrup and 1/2 Organic Brown Rice Syrup. I’m doing a little testing and it tastes Super good! I’m going to put the mix in containers for Christmas Gifts! Trying to figure out an inexpensive container that seals and looks pretty. I’m sure I’ll find something! Thanks for sharing all your cooking ideas! Wish I could bottle the smell, too!

    • Alison says:

      Marita–I’m so glad you like the granola! I gave it out last year for gifts too. We used large mason jars and tied some festive ribbon at the top. They looked really cute!

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