How to Make Holiday Ornaments from Dough

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How to Make Holiday Ornaments from Dough
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Using dough is one of the simplest - and cheapest - ways to make your own classic Christmas ornaments. These will last forever and are a great project to do with kids on a snowy day before Christmas.

Step 1
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Step 1

Mix 2 cups flour with 1 cup salt. Add 1 cup water. For fun, you can add food coloring or substitute coffee or tea for water to alter the base color of the ornament.

Step 2
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Step 2

Knead dough until smooth for 5-10 minutes. This step is important as more kneading = better ornaments. The dough should be very stiff. Add more flour if it's too sticky.

Step 3
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Step 3

Roll out dough (between 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick) and cut out ornaments with cookie cutters, or cut out your own figures and shapes by hand.

Step 4
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Step 4

Push a straw, pen or other thin object through ornament at top to make a hole for hanging.

Step 5
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Step 5

Bake ornaments for about 3-4 hours at 200 degrees F. Allow to cool.

Step 6
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Step 6

Decorate. You can paint ornaments with acrylics or other type of paint, or use colored markers. Be creative. Add fun embellishments like googly eyes or pipe cleaners. Use a permanent marker to note the year on the back of the ornament.

Step 7
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Step 7

Coat ornaments when dry with a clear protective coating.

Step 8
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Step 8

Put ornament hanger or ribbon through the hole and hang. These ornaments will last year after year and can become a great keepsake for kids each holiday season.

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