A few years ago I saw a post on Facebook about having all your kids teachers sign and write little notes for your child from kindergarten through high school. I fell in love with this idea. I however didn’t want to use the Dr Seuss book they did, since Sophia isn’t a big Dr Seuss fan. I’ve been looking for alternatives to use the last few months since Sophia’s first preschool prep class ends soon. I finally found her the perfect high school graduation present, The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin.
At first I wasn’t sure if it would be big enough with enough space to write on for the next 15 years for all her teachers. I ordered it to see it in person. I read it and it made me cry. It is the perfect one for us.
Here is a video of me reading it so you can see for yourself if this is the one for you 🙂
Having a play date and looking for a easy fun craft activity for the little’s to do for cheap? Want to make ornaments for your own tree or maybe some presents for family members? These are a great choice for all of them!
What you will need:
1 cup Salt
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup of Water
Skewer (or something else to make holes for the ribbon)
Ribbon or string
Mix together the salt and flour.
Add the water in smaller increments while mixing with the spatula.
TIP: You may not need to add the whole 1/2 cup of water. If dough gets sticky and a little bit more flour.
We actually needed a few extra table spoons of water to pull the dough together. The dough is perfect when it holds form. See below.
At this point it will be easier to use your hands. Press the dough together to form a ball.
Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper and flatten it out with the rolling pin to a desired thickness. We did ours at about 1/4″ thick. The thicker the dough is, the longer it will take to dry and the heavier the ornaments will be (heavy is generally not good for Christmas trees).
Cut out the ornaments and set aside.
After the first set was cut out, we balled the scraps and re-rolled them flat again.
After the second set of ornaments were cut out, we decided to make a hand print ornament with the rest of the scrap dough.
DON’T Forget to poke holes in your ornaments before baking. I used the skewer to make the holes.
TIP: If you want to smooth down cracks and rough edges, you can do so by dipping your finger in water and smoothing them out, adding water as needed.
Put the ornaments on the parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Put in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two hours. After 2 hours in the oven at 200 F the ornaments still had wet spots (when you squeeze they are soft and give to pressure). So I flipped them over and increased the oven temperature to 225F and baked them for 2 more hours.
Once the ornaments are fully dried out allow them to cool down before continuing to the next step.
The ornaments can be used as is, just add the strings, or you can further decorate as desired.
This is for different ideas for decorating your ornaments. For ideas on how to make decorate your salt dough cookie cutter ornaments click here.