Monday, December 15, 2014

homemade christmas {part 1}

Since money is tight this year, we have decided to try to do several of our family's gifts homemade, and Jon and I are making one another's presents as well.

A tradition of ours is to also buy an ornament every Christmas. We had agreed we should do something surrounding Edith's birth since our 2012 ornament was a nod to Elden, but we had yet to find the right one (at the right price - cheap). Well, except this monstrosity that Jon found when we went to Amish Country a few months back:
Then I remembered that salt dough ornaments were a thing, so we decided to do that as a little family project/craft for Elden and then double it as our family ornament.

Salt Dough Ornament:
1 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
1/2 c. water (or more if 1/2 c. does not create a workable dough)
straw

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix. Place on a non-stick surface (we used a silicone baking sheet). Roll the dough so it is thick enough for your application (if using cookie cutters, they'd be thinner; if doing footprints like we did, they need to be a little thicker). Cut out your shapes and use the straw to punch a hole for a ribbon. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 2-3 hours until no longer pliable; flip partway through. Once done, let cool completely and then paint with an acrylic paint to avoid attracting bugs during storage.
Elden loved this craft and we had all ingredients on hand. I'm going to write Edith's birth stats on the back of her footprint with a sharpie (and put Elden's name/the year on his) and finish all three with a ribbon to hang on our tree. I love that this craft cost us nothing, was something we could engage Elden in (he helped paint them, too) while still continuing our family tradition.

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