Hand Made Christmas Decorations

Handmade DecorationsSimple, easy AND involves the kids?!?   YES PLEASE.

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt

Preheat the oven to 100 degrees Celsius.

Put the dry ingredients into a bowl and gradually add cold water until the dough becomes that of a play dough consistency.

Then you can roll it out, cut out your shapes, or get your kids to put their finger prints in it, and then place on a baking tray.  Cook in the oven for 2-3 hours.

You really have to make sure you don’t have the oven too high.  I did, and not only did the dough bubble and fill with air, but I burned it to a crisp.  Basically you want to dry the dough out very slowly, which is why it takes a few hours.

Once your decorations have cooled down, you can paint them.  Acrylic paint works best here, and for my decorations (in the picture) I actually used spray paint.  You can use water colours but they won’t be as vibrant.  Once the paint has dried, you can also use some PVA glue and then sprinkle glitter on top.

Use a straw to push a hole through the top – this will be where the ribbon / nylon / string will go for hanging the decoration

If your decorations are a little thicker (1cm or more) then I have read it may be good to turn them over midway through cooking them.

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