Christmas, Crafts and Decor, For the Kids

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Let me tell you, I had so much fun making these! I made these fake cookies to stage a room decorated for Christmas at the Linden Mansion in Little Falls, MN. Here’s what you need: A good salt dough recipe (any will work, but I got mine from http://www.allrecipes.com), puff paints, acrylic paint and sprinkles. Get creative, you do not have to do the same style or colors or even the same shapes. Kids love making these too! If i do it again: I’ll be making these as ornaments for the Christmas tree. Just add a hole at the top before you bake.

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DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

Salt dough recipe: 4 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 cup salt

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Mix flour and salt well. Gradually add water, stirring with a large spoon. Finish mixing with hands. Knead until soft and pliable.
  3. Roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets. With a toothpick make a hole in the top of the ornament for threading string. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) until hard, about 1 hour. Decorate with paint and varnish to preserve.

For the gingerbread, I painted them using a brown acrylic paint to make them look brown. After the acrylic paint dried, I added puff paint to my gingerbread men to add faces, buttons, pants, even scarfs. For any other cookie, you don’t need to paint. It looks like a sugar cookie naturally. I just added puff paint to it to look like royal icing. Oh ya, and sprinkles on some. Make sure, if you use the sprinkles: set them on the cookie while the puff paint is wet.


And look at how adorable these looked at my table! Almost like you could just pick one up and eat it. They look perfect with these adorable coffee mugs. Every year at Christmas time I set out a hot cocoa bar for friends and family. As a child, my siblings and I would play all day out in the snow and when we came in my mother would fix us hot cocoa. I hope to carry on the tradition. There’s nothing more cozy or comforting.


Just a few more photos of my room to share with you. I hope you enjoy, and I hope your holiday season is merry and bright!

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