Homemade Ornaments!

Im just going to give a BIT of insight on us here….Sean and I are VERY sentimental, we dont get rid of anything that reminds us of someone or something special!  Some of you may automatically think our house is a disaster ( well right now it kind of is, because we havent even finished moving stuff all the way IN yet;) but I refer to it as organized chaos, because it all has a place, or an intended place;)

COMPLETELY off subject…My 4 year old just turned to me and said “Keller (our dog) is standing on the floor!” hmmmmm… my response “Liam, where else is she susposed to stand, on thin air?” He didn’t reply. Kids say the darndest things!

Anyways…I decided that I would make salt dough ornaments with the boys for the holiday season, its easy and it is like a 3 in 1 craft! So I thought I would share it with you…

By the way you could use this recipe and cut out whatever your little heart desires, you can imprint anything (like leaves), I made the kids do both their hands, I also cut out a plaque, and all the letters of our last name to decorate at a later date…probably when I am about to rip my hair out because we have been inside and my angel of kids are driving me coo-coo for cocoa puffs;) I do love them dearly, just to clarify.

Salt Dough:

1 cup salt

1 cup warm water

2 cups flour

Mix your salt and water together, can do this by hand, or use an electric mixer.  Then add flour till dough forms.  Roll it out on a well floured surface, move it around often to make sure it doesnt stick, especially after you have taken the time to cut out 10 different shapes and then when you go to pull them up they look like they went through the garbage disposal…and NO i am not speaking from experience;) except I totally am.  So well floured surface, and then use cookie cutters or go crazy with your imagination to cut out whatever shapes you would like. If you would like to be able to put a ribbon through, put a hole all the way through with a toothpick, or meat thermometer, make it a little big because it will close up some after baked and if too small you wont be able to put anything through it…if this happens, like it did to me, you could always use a glue gun to attach a pipe cleaner in the shape of a loop to the back;) It’s kinda cute that way..

Pop in the oven at 200 for about an hour. My cooking times varied because I had different size items but keep an eye on them, when they start to brown, they are done. Then you can paint them, glue things to them, ect.  They make nice ornaments for your tree, give them as gifts, or use them on gifts as keepsake tags!  I love this because the whole process is so versitile and you can ultimately make it whatever/however you want!

I ended up with 15 ornaments, and the reason for the sentimental comment to start, was the fact that we will not ever get rid of any of them, next year I might make 1/2 a batch, but none the less my kids made them, at 3 & 4, that day is passed and it’s not coming back, I want to cherish the memories as long as I can, if looking at the ornaments they made make me feel like I am in that moment again…I’ll take it. All day long. Time passes too quickly.

But then again time is a weird thing…but that’s for another day…

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you all!  I hope you get to share memories with the ones you wish and make new memories with the ones you love!