Tis the season to make things from clay! This recipe is super easy, quick and you can make loads of simple (and cheap) personalised ornaments. Winning. A few years ago a bought some white clay ornaments on Etsy, which say things like ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Let It Snow’ – not ideal for a hot Aussie Christmas. So here’s my interpretation…
Simple Christmas Ornament Dough
1 cup bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup cornflour
3/4 cup warm water
Mix together the dry ingredients in a pot, then pour in the warm water, stirring it all together. Heat over a medium heat (herein lies my problem, my stove is either on full bore or nothing!) until the mixture starts to come together. It might happen quite quickly (or that could just be my hot stove…) so keep mixing. When it has absorbed all the liquid set it aside to cool.
You can now knead the dough into a ball, it’s a bit like play dough with a lovely soft texture. Roll it out, as thick or as thin as you’d like your ornaments, and get cutting out with some Christmas cookie cutters or just a glass for round ornaments. My Christmas cookie cutters unfortunately aren’t that big, I usually use them for shortbread.
I have this nifty cookie letter press set, I bought mine on eBay but you can get them at kitchenware shops. I can press all sorts of words and phrases onto baked goods. So I got pressing, with Christmas words which mean something to us: joy, faith, believe. I used the end of a paintbrush to poke a hole through so I can attach some ribbon or string and hang the ornaments on the tree.
You can air dry the dough, it will take about a day just at room temperature, or pop them in the oven at about 100 degrees Celsius for an hour. You might have to turn them over half way through.
My mum called me this morning with the usual Christmas job for crafty me: name tags for the Christmas lunch table. Last year I did kraft card gift tags, red baking twine and my vintage alphabet stamp, this year I think I’ll make some more dough ornaments and put all my family’s names on them. They can then keep them as tree ornaments too!
Are you making any Christmas crafts in your house?