Day Twenty-One: Xmas DIY

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Hi lovelies! Today’s Festive-Blog-Athon post is a Xmas DIY idea! We’re going to be making salt dough Christmas ornaments.

saltdough

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • (up to) 1 cup of water

Equipment Needed

  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet
  • Drinking straw
  • Christmas shaped cookie cutters
  • Acrylic paints or normal paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter & embellishments
  • Ribbon

What to do:

Mix together the salt and the flour, and then slowly pour in the water. Mix the water in until it forms the dough like consistency. If you find the dough is too sticky, then you need to add some more flour. You should be able to with it and it has to be just dry enough that it shouldn’t stick to your fingers.

Pop your dough on a floured surface, this way the dough will be easy to move around, then roll it out to be able 1cm thickness. Then you need to choose which shapes you want to cut out, the more festive the better! Stars, trees etc are perfect ornaments.

Once you’ve cut out the shapes in the dough, you need to make a hole in the top. To do this you can stick a straw through the dough (near the top of each shape) so that later a ribbon be threaded through the hole.

Kneading the dough

Lay the shapes on a baking sheet and cook at (110°C/225°F/Gas Mark ¼ ) for 2–3 hours until they are completely dried out, turning half way through.

When the shapes are completely dry they can be painted and decorated. You can use ordinary paints or acrylic paints. You can use a little PVA glue when the paint has dried to add glitter, sequins, beads and other embellishments. Once you’ve de`coratd to your hearts content, all you need to do is thread with some ribbon and hang them on your tree!

personalised

This would be a great activity to do with children, something fun to do whilst they wait for the big day. They make really lovely keep sakes and you could make new ones every year. These would make a wonderful home-made gift for somebody, as you can personalise them or even make special event ones, such as, baby’s first Christmas or Mr&Mrs ornaments for newly weds.

I hope you enjoy making yourself some ornaments.

Make sure you’re keeping up with the other posts in Festive-Blog-Athon by heading over to Abbey’s blog: here!
Don’t forget to participate in the Festive Photo Challenge too, for a chance to win a prize and feel festive!

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