Homemade Christmas Ornaments Recipes - Christmas Ornaments You Can Make at Home
Are you looking for some homemade Christmas ornaments recipes?
When it comes to Christmas ornaments, there is no shortage of selections in the stores during the holidays; however, many people prefer to make their own ornaments at home.
Some ornaments can be made with items such as old greeting cards or other craft items. Some ornaments require that you prepare the materials yourself. Here are some homemade Christmas ornament recipes you can try at home.
Salt dough Christmas ornaments are some of the most common homemade Christmas ornaments. To make the dough for your ornaments, you will need: 1/4 cup salt, 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 cup all-purpose flour (do not use self-rising flour!), 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil, and food coloring.
For this homemade Christmas ornaments recipe, first, you pour water into a bowl and add the salt. Blend the other ingredients. Knead the dough until it is the desired consistency for working with it to shape your ornaments. If you are using food coloring, divide the dough into sections, add coloring and work it into the dough until it is a uniform color.
When working with your dough, keep a bowl of warm water close at hand to dip your fingers into. This will help you keep the dough moist while working with it and keep it from sticking to your fingers. When you aren't using the dough, keeping it wrapped in plastic will keep the dough from drying out.
Mold it into the shapes you want (or roll it out and use cookie cutters to make Christmas shapes). Bake for 45 to 60 minutes in a preheated 300 degree Fahrenheit oven. Remember, your ornaments will puff a little when baked (that is why it is important that you do not use self-rising flour - this would make the ornaments swell too much).
When the ornaments cool completely, you can paint them. If you wish to just give your ornaments a glossy shine, brush them with a mixture of water and a beaten egg prior to cooking. To keep your ornaments fresh year after year, store then in the freezer. Make sure you put a hole in the top of the ornament to run ribbon through so you can hang it on your Christmas tree, at your desk, or anywhere you wish to display your creative work.
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If you want your ornaments to not only be visually pleasing, but also pleasing to the senses, you can make cinnamon ornaments. These not only look great on your Christmas tree, they fill your room with one of the smells associated with Christmas.
This homemade Christmas ornaments recipe requires: four ounces ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon cloves, 1 tablespoon nutmeg, 2 tablespoons white craft glue, 3/4 cup applesauce.
For this homemade Christmas ornaments recipe, first, you combine your spices in a mixing bowl. You can also add additional spices for an even more pleasing smell. Add your applesauce and glue and mix well until a soft dough is formed. Roll the dough out until it is about 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters (make sure when you cut it out you make a hole at the top so you can hang the ornament later).
Place on a rack to air dry for 3 or 4 days (turning at least once per day) until completely dry. To hang the ornament, run a strand of Christmas ribbon through the hole in the top and tie firmly.
Homemade Christmas ornaments recipes are a great way to create your own unique ornaments. It is also a wonderful craft idea for children and a great way to show people that you are thinking of them at the holidays. By following these simple recipes, you can create signature ornaments year after year at a fraction of the cost of purchasing ornaments from a retail or discount store.
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