Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dough Ornaments

Today's project was inspired by the cookie baking going on in our house. :) This project does have quite a bit of "down time" between steps; so it can easily be done over two days or early in the morning and then finished later that afternoon.

The dough can be eaten but it tastes really yucky, and I don't think your child will swallow any little bit that may happen to get in to their mouth.


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup iodized salt

1 cup water

1 tablespoon canola oil (vegetable oil can be substituted)

Wax paper



Acrylic Sealer spray


Rolling pin

Cookie cutters

Drinking straw

Paint brush

Pre-Heated oven at 200 degrees F

Step 1: Mix flour and salt together, until well combined. I used my stand mixer with the paddle attachment. If you don't have one, you can use a large bowl with a regular electric mixer or you can do this by hand.

Step 2: Slowly add oil to mixture of flour and salt.

Step 3: Slowly add the water to the flour, salt and oil mixture. It will start to look like little peas, and then it will bind together and make a big mass.

Step 4: Let the dough rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Step 5: Place dough between wax paper and roll to 1/4" thick.

Step 6: Use your cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.

Step 7: Use your straw to make a hole at the top of your shape to hold ribbon later. (You can also use the end of your paintbrush.)

Step 8: Bake ornaments in oven for 2 hours (or until completely dry- will depend on your thickness and size of ornament.)

Step 9: Let ornaments cool completely.

Step 10: Paint your ornaments how you like! :)

Step 11: After ornament's paint is completely dry; spray with acrylic sealer to preserve ornament.
Note: An adult should do this step because of the fumes. Please do this step outside or in a well ventilated area to prevent injury.

Step 12: Thread ribbon through hole at top and tie knot for hanging.

That's it!! :)

1 comment:

  1. Our ornaments are baking right now. When we begin to paint them I'll post those pics later. :) Wanted to get this up before it was too late.