This time of year is especially wonderful for crafters because there is an insane amount of crafts to be done... decorating and baking galore. This weekend, I decided the kids and I should make dough ornaments. They dove into the project with verve and had a wonderful time making their creations. We now have more ornaments than we'll ever know what to do with, but that's a good problem to have.
It wound up being a two-day project because of the baking/cooling factor, but the kids didn't seem to mind. They loved rolling out their dough (note to self, the kids could use some kid-size rolling pins) and choosing the cookie cutter shapes.... not to mention, making finger dents in their dough!
On day two, the kids got to paint their ornaments and had way too much fun doing it. Each got a paper plate of (washable) poster paints and went to town on their ornaments. Annika tended to keep her paint colors separate, while Conor decided mixing them all together was much more desirable.
All in all, they did a great job and now have their very own ornaments to hang on the tree (once I spray them with a clear coat, that is).
|Annika cutting out her ornaments|
|Conor using an off-set spatula to leverage his dough.|
I'm pretty sure the tongue thing is genetic... I do it, too!
|Day 2: Painting!|
|Conor started out with a variety of colors, but wound up adopting a gray color palette|
|Conor painting his ornament|
|Annika's beautiful ornaments|
|Paint, paint, paint|
|Why stop at the ornaments when you can paint your face, too?|
|Conor see, Conor do!|
He can't let Sister have all of the fun, now can he?
Dough Ornament Recipe
Mix 4 c flour, 1 c salt, 1 1/2 c water and combine until it forms a dough. Cut out ornaments and bake on a cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 45-60 minutes.