Making salt-dough ornaments for your tree
I love making personalised tree ornaments, and these are so easy! There are also loads of links to learning that you can make here – such as the maths of weighing and measuring ingredients, the literacy of reading and following instructions, and the expressive arts as the children get creative with their designs!
What you’ll need:
For the dough
- 1 cup of plain flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup of warm water (you may not need it all)
- Paint (I like to use poster paint mixed with PVA glue for added shine)
- Rolling pin
- Christmas cutters
- A pencil
- Ribbon/ string
- Optional – PVA glue/ clear varnish/ hairspray
Mix the flour and salt together, and slowly add in the water until the dough comes together (be careful not too add too much as it will get too sticky! If this does happen just add more flour).
- Flour your work surface and roll out the dough. Then use your Christmas cutters to make the shapes of your ornaments.
- Use your pencil to make a small hole at the top of your ornament. This is so you can add the ribbon or string later!
- Pop your shapes onto a baking tray
- Cook in the oven on a really low heat. I’m not kidding here – you want it around 100/150 degrees!
- Leave to cook for around an hour before checking – it may need longer (I also recommend flipping your ornaments over to help them to cook on both sides).
- Allow your ornaments to cool completely before decorating.
- Now for the fun bit – decorate with your paints, sparkles, and anything else you like!
- Allow to dry before adding a final layer of PVA glue/ clear varnish/ spray with hairspray to help the glitter and sparkles stay in place.
- Thread the ribbon / string through the hole at the top and hang your beautiful ornaments on the tree!
See what I mean? This couldn’t be easier! They also make really cute home-made gifts, or little items for a Christmas fete. If you have a go at making your own, I’d love to see some of the finished results! Tweet to me @EarlyYearsIdeas 🙂
And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another advent idea!