We have made salt dough ornaments this year for Christmas Gifts for my daughter’s teachers and some for our own tree. They are simple and easy to make and turned out just beautiful!
Salt Dough Recipe:
Two parts flour. (For about 8-10 ornaments I used 1 cup)
One part salt (we used 1/2 cup)
One part water (we used 1/2 cup)
Mix together until completely combined and smooth.
Cookie cutters of your choice
Straw to make the hole for hanging
Paint, clear nail polish, glitter or any things you would like to use to embellish with
String or ribbon to hang with
Start by pre-heating your oven to 200 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment or nonstick paper. Roll out your dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to make shapes and use a straw to make the hanging hole in each one. Place shapes on cookie sheet and bake for 4 hours.
Let cool completely, and then decorate as you wish. We used what we had on hand which was, permanent markers, nail polish and clear coat nail polish for sealing. We also used ribbon for hanging and after making the bow I just stitched a couple of stitches in it to ensure the bow doesn’t come undone.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!
With Halloween fast approaching I wanted to give a little something to my daughters teachers and school bus driver. Keeping in the theme I decided to do a fun play on functional. Bottles of Natural Antibacterial Foaming hand cleaner (without alcohol) were my choice with cards I wrote on “Germs are scary.”
I purchased black, orange and spiderweb colored tissue paper and cut half of a sheet of each, layer them on top of each other and then gathered around the bottle. I then used some fun halloween ribbon to tie around the top and punched a hole in the cards I made, slipped the ribbon through and tied a bow. The cards were made with a sharpie and a few stickers on card stock and on the back is the to and from.
I think the teachers and bus driver will like these useful gifts.
It is always thoughtful to have your child bring a gift to their teacher(s) on the first day of school. In the previous year we had done flowers but wanted to try something a little different.
I had seen somewhere the idea of making a faux cupcake with socks and a lollipop as the “cherry on top” and decided I could fashion some with a twist and without the unneeded lollypop.
I wanted to make the gift something simple but useful and enjoyable. Going with a spa theme I purchased spa socks, a small hand lotion, an eye mask and a bottle of nail polish.
First I taped the nail polish upside down to the lotion so I would have both a top and a base. Next I wrapped the face mask around them and then wrapped the socks one at a time making the shape of a cupcake. I used a rubber band to hold everything in place. Next I cut a piece of colored paper to make the wrapper and taped it together at the seam. I used some cellophane plastic to wrap the cupcake up and tied some curling ribbon on the outside and attached a small gift tag as well.
The teachers adored these gifts and I know they will be enjoyed.