Modern-Art Ornament Crafts
Turn your kids into little Picassos with these easy-to-make ornaments.
- 2 cups flour and a bit more for dusting
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup warm water
- Mixing bowl or food processor
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters—stars, circles or snowflakes work well
- Baking tray
- Child-safe paints
- Ribbon or string
- Thin-tip marker
- Child-safe paint varnish (optional)
- Mix salt and flour.
- Add in half the water, mix and then gradually add the remaining water.
- Knead mixture until the dough is smooth (up to 10 minutes by hand; about two minutes on low in a food processor). Add pinches of flour to create a pliable dough that isn't sticky.
- For flat dough ornaments, roll out the dough on baking paper or a floured surface. Aim for a dough thickness of about ¼ to ½ inch. This will be sturdy enough for little hands to help transfer to the baking sheet, and not too thick for even baking.
- Using cookie cutters or your hands, create fun shapes.
- Transfer cutouts to a baking sheet with a spatula.
- Make a hole near the top of the ornament with a straw so you can hang the ornament later.
- Bake the ornaments at 325 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the thickness of the ornaments, or until hard.
- Let ornaments cool completely before you begin decorating.
- Turn on some festive music and let the kids splatter, splotch and decorate with the child-safe paint. You can also glue on beads or buttons.
- Optional: To preserve, coat with a child-safe paint varnish once everything is dry.
- Loop string or ribbon through the hole at the top of the dried ornament.
- Use a permanent marker to have your child print his or her name and the date on the back of the dried ornament for extra craft fun.