‘Tis the season to start feeling festive, and for me, that usually translates to doing something crafty.
When I was little, my mom would help us make salt dough ornaments . The texture of the dough is similar to play dough, and easily malleable to form a variety of shapes. Salt dough in incredible versatile- you can cut it out, similar to making sugar cookies, or you can mold the shapes any way you choose. One reason I find holiday ornaments so special is that each carries a memory with it. My mom still has most of the ornaments, and I can remember exactly when I got certain ones, the story behind them, or ones I made to give to other people.
Having recently relocated to the U.K. from the U.S., I didn’t have holiday ornaments with me. Our tree looked naked without meaningful decoration, so I literally took matters into my own hands. Now the tree has colorful, sparkly yoga poses as the primary theme, and I couldn’t be happier!
This ornaments make great gifts for friends or family, or for yourself. They are also really fun to decorate!
What you need:
2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Salt (just the simple table kind is great)
3/4 Cup of Warm Water
Mixing bowl, rolling pin and cookie tray (to bake on)
Small Paint Brushes, Q-tips or toothpicks to paint with
Paints to decorate ( I like craft or acrylic)
Paper clips or string to hang the ornaments
Any other decorations you would like
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (or 165 degrees C)
Mix salt and flour together in a bowl. Add the warm water, and mix until the dough is pliable.
Place the dough on a counter top and roll out. Cut shapes out and place on a baking sheet. Be sure to poke a hole in the shape if you are using them for ornaments!
Bake ornaments until hard, approximately 1-1.5 hours.
Allow to cool and decorate to your heart’s desire!
Making things always makes me feel good, kind of accomplished and relaxed. You may be surprised how therapeutic these ornaments may be. Enjoy and let me know how you get on!
The yoga pose ornaments are enjoying their time on tree, and definitely bring me a bit of joy ever time I see them!