We had our first big snow on Saturday. Big, white, fluffy flakes that had the boys begging to bundle up and go out from the moment they saw the first flakes fall. I’m not a big fan of winter, but there is always something a bit magical about the first snow fall. The boys spent most of the days romping in the drifts, making snow angels and having snowball fights.
When they did come back inside it was only because their cheeks were too cold and their mittens too wet. While all their snow gear was warming in the dryer they filled up on hot cocoa, cookies and a little crafting.
This year, we are having a bit of a homemade Christmas. After many years of the same old decorations I wanted something new, but didn’t want to spend a lot in the process. So, we are making our own. We’ve been on a bit of a crafting craze since Thanksgiving. I think we’ll be finding glitter until June.
I’ll share more of what we’ve made in upcoming posts, but for starters thought I’d share these salt dough ornaments.
Salt Dough Ornaments
1/2 cup salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix together salt, flour and water with a mixer or by hand. Knead with your hands to help it come together and become smooth. Use rolling pin and roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness, using extra flour if needed to prevent sticking. Cut out desired shapes using cookie cutters. Bake for 2 hours at 25o degrees.
When they are finished baking and cooled, paint or decorate them anyway you like. Tie with festive ribbon to hang on the tree.
We made ours into ornaments for Christmas, but you can see here how we did a little something different with them for Valentine’s Day.
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Sharing her love for photography, cooking and adventures of mothering 3 boys, 'this homemade life', is a blog written by Alison Bickel.