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Last Minute DIY Gifts: Decorated Dough Ornaments

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By lesleykat · December 21, 2010

If you need an idea for some last minute gifts but are feeling a little uninspired, may I suggest making them. I made a ton of these dough ornaments that I found on Kaboose crafting site. They're easy to make and with a little patience and the right tools (paint, glitter, glue) you can turn flour, salt and water into beautiful hand made ornaments.

To find out how to make these


½ cup salt
1 cup flour
½ cup water


Rolling pin
Cookie sheet 
Toothpick/wooden skewer
Cookie cutters

Decorating items:

Acrylic craft paint
Craft glue
Sharpie marker 


Combine Four, water and salt in a medium sized bowl. Remove from bowl and kneed on a floured surface until dough is smooth and elastic.) It will be a little gritty from the salt.) Roll the dough out until its around a quarter of an inch thick. Use the cookie cutters to cut out as many shapes as possible. Combine scraps, roll out again, cut, and so on... Use toothpick or wooden skewer to punch holes for hanging.

Bake in a 250° oven over for 2 hours or until hardened. Be careful. Even though it's a relatively cool oven temp, they will be hot when you remove them. Let cool on wire rack.

When completely cool, use white paint to create a base color. (Like priming a canvas) Let dry. Then add other colors and/or glitter to decorate. String ribbon though holes. Add you own personal message on the back with a sharpie. Don't forget to put the year!

That's it! Simple yet beautiful personalized decorations. This would also make a great group activity for friends and family.


Filed in: Holiday, Gift Guide
Tagged with: Holiday 2010, glitter, diy
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