I made these instead of buying expensive matching ornaments for our new little Christmas tree. They were really easy and turned out well! I was concerned (and Gavin was too since not all of my pintrest crafts have turned out lately) that they might look like a kindergarten art project but especially once they’re up on the tree they really look just fine. Best of all it only cost about $2.00 for the supplies for this project. Here’s the original post that I used for these Clay Ornaments.
1 cup Cornstarch
2 cups Baking Soda
1 1/2 cups Water
PS – this is the original recipe doubled – it made about 30 ornaments of various sizes
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized pot and cook over medium heat stirring frequently on the stovetop.
2. Cook until the mixture resembles smooth, thick mashed potatoes. This took longer than I thought so be patient.
3. Remove the mixture from heat and place the dough ball into a separate bowl to cool.
4. Once the mixture is cool you can roll out the dough – use more cornstarch if the dough is sticking to the counter. Roll them out to about 1/4 inch thick. The slightly thicker ones seemed to hold up better in the oven – not as much cracking.
5. Use various cookie cutters to make the shapes you want and then use stamps or other items to make patterns on the dough. I used some tools I have for fondant cake decorating and they worked out really well! Use a straw to make the hole for the ribbon.
6. Bake on a cookie sheet at 175 degrees for an hour, turning them over halfway through. If they aren’t completely dry, you can continue to bake them at this low temperature until they are dry. I actually ended up baking them for an hour in the evening, turning off the oven and leaving them in overnight. They still weren’t completely dry so I baked them for another hour at 175 degrees the next morning.
7. Add a ribbon and hang on your Christmas tree!