I love homemade Christmas tree ornaments. Each one has a special memory and feeling attached to it, especially the ones made by my kids! I teach a weekly preschool class from my home and we are used to a little #HappiMess. I decided to be adventurous during a recent class, and had the kids make homemade ornaments to give to their parents as a Christmas gift.
As I have a couple kids in my class who are highly allergic to gluten, I had to go searching for an alternative to the standard salt dough recipe, and I’m glad that I did! I found a recipe from Tips From a Typical Mom Blog that was amazing. The clay was so soft and silky smooth that the kids loved playing with it. Then once baked, they were brilliant white ornaments that had a beautiful smooth surface. Perfect for little hands to decorate!
Here is how to make them:
- In a medium saucepan, mix 1/2 cup of cornstarch with 1 cup of baking soda
- Add 3/4 cup of water and whisk together until smooth
- Over medium heat, warm the mixture, stirring continuously. Remove from heat when mixture forms into a thick, starchy ball with the consistency of mashed potatoes
- Remove from pan, and place in a bowl to cool. Cover with a wet towel until ready to use, to prevent clay from drying out
- When ready to use, roll out and clay and cut into shapes. Be sure to make a small hole to thread a string
- Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 175 degrees for 1 hour. To ensure that it is evenly naked be sure to flip ornaments over after 30 minutes. Do not over-bake as this will cause your ornaments to become brittle.
- Decorate with paints or markers and thread a string or ribbon through the hole for hanging.
My preschool kids were so excited to decorate these ornaments for their moms and dads! I don’t think I have seen them all sit and work on an art project this intensely for a long time. The kids (okay, me too), are always up for a little organized mess making. I also received so many messages from parents saying how much they loved hanging their child’s ornaments on the tree. That’s what Christmas is all about, the simple, pure joys of life!
I had the kids decorate their ornaments using markers (less messy… I thought), but I found out that even using markers, this project gets pretty messy as the clay does make the markers bleed pretty badly. These are my little girls fingers after she decorated her ornament all in blue!
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