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    Default Homemade Christmas Ornaments

    Okay I know it's only August and December is months away, but I saw this section and thought of a great recipe I have. I have a recipe for homemade dough type Christmas ornaments that you mold, then bake, and then paint/decorate once cooled. It makes for a neat/sentimental Christmas tradition and I remember making mine with my mom when I was little. The recipe is at home though, and I'm not right now... so if anyone's looking for this recipe in a couple weeks or so or closer to Christmas and I haven't posted it yet, just send me a message to remind me to look it up!

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    Sounds cool!
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    I remember doing that when I was a kid! A great idea for a craft!

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    I'll dig mine out closer to Christmas and upload picture ... I made it when I was 4 (I'm 28) and it's managed to stand the test of time with careful packaging... okay I'm so going to try and find that recipe tonight!

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    AWESOME! I am on the hunt for some handmade ornament ideas. We are starting our tree from scratch this year( new colour theme) so I will need a plethora of new ones on the cheap...

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    Homemade Tree Ornametns - Woman's Day 1983

    Flour-and-Salt Dough Ornaments:

    Ingredients: 4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 1/2 cups water.

    Mix flour and salt, add 1 cup water - mix well. Slowly add 1/2 cup water, knead on floured surface for 10min (can be prepared in advance and stored in fridge for approx. 1 week if tightly plastic wrapped). With floured rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/8“ - 1/4“ thick. With flour dipped cookie cutters, cut out shapes and transfer to a cookie sheet. Poke hole in top of dough shape with a pencil or toothpick moving in circular motion (might want to make it slightly bigger than what you want the size to end up as - the dough will fill in a little when heated). Bake ornaments at 250 degrees to 300 degrees (low heat) until hard/firm - check dough every 20min to test for firmness. If you think they feel hard, remove from oven and cool slightly - press with finger - if piece yields to pressure easily, bake longer (just don't let get too brown/burnt etc). Let cool throoughly when desired firmness reached. Paint decorations and decorate, loop ribbons/metal wire/string through hole to hang. It recommends acrylic paint - but if there are more kind friendly paints I don't see any reason why these wouldn't work instead?

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    Is this a new section? How have I missed this?!?

    That sounds like a great recipe. I'll have to try it. Thanks!
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    We always made those balls out of fabric and a styrofoam ball. You just pin them in, into triangles. Always turns out pretty, and for you fourniers, you could choose the colour of fabric that matches your theme.
    They turn out kinda like this
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    Quote Originally Posted by andreamcd13 View Post
    Is this a new section? How have I missed this?!?

    That sounds like a great recipe. I'll have to try it. Thanks!
    Yes it's new - just posted it

    Also, you can roll the dough twist/braid it and bend it into a candycane shape and paint two colours... no need to put the ribbon hole in it and a little simplier for the younger kiddies. I'll post the gumball machine/christmas tree pictures as examples that I made when I was young and then the tree last year this coming November when I dig out all the Christmas gear.

    If you guys try out this receipe - post some pics of your ornaments

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    You must have been reading my mind...I was just talking about doing this! I bet there would be lots of books available this time of year full of dough ideas too!!!!


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    We did the dough too when I was a kid... but due to always living by the river, and always having a big issue with mice eating away anything in storage that may look like food they are all gone now.


    I found this online, these will be our home made ornaments for this year.



    Dough around here gets turned into bagels. :/

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    Can you put food colouring in the dough instead?

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    Yes you can use food colouring. I find the colours aren't very strong tho and the kids like to paint! It could depend on the age tho....younger kids may just like to use cookie cutters on coloured dough...good idea!


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    Bacon, your ornaments would be much appreciated in this house, lol!

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    Thats great! You could make all kinds of stuff with that - not just christmas ornaments! Thanks!

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