Simple Scandinavian Ornaments Made with Cornstarch Dough

Minion Mondays

God Jul!  Merry Christmas!

I love this beyond crazy, fantastic time of the year!  There are so many fun parties and activities to celebrate the season, that I tend to find myself bouncing from one outing to the next.  I guess it is the kid in me, I do not want to miss anything.  A tree lighting?  Count me in!  Open air ice skating?  No doubt!!  Christmas parade?  Pass me the hot cocoa! Caroling? Achem! My throat is clear and ready to harmonize.

When all is said and done, I am exhausted but so unbelievably appreciative of all the moments of fun and sweetness with my hubby and kiddos.  When it is time to slow down, my kids share in my love of creating.  Making gifts to share with loved ones is one of their favorite holiday pastimes.  Our projects have a pretty broad range, but they have always included making ornaments.  We have done all sorts, but this year we played with the beautifully clean, white appearance of cornstarch clay.  It is so smooth and easy to work with…a real winner this Christmas!christmas ornaments_0000

Cornstarch Clay Dough Ornaments

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup corn starch

3/4 cup of warm water

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I love how easy this dough is to make.  It creates such sweet ornaments.christmas ornaments_0002

Evangeline helped me measure out the ingredients into a medium sized pot.  Mix the ingredients until they are combined and then take it to the stove.  christmas ornaments_0003christmas ornaments_0004

You will cook the mixture until it thickens up like play dough.christmas ornaments_0005While you let the dough cool, cover it with a damp cloth.  You do not want the dough to dry out before you have a chance to play!
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Go ahead and need the dough until it is nice and silky.  Then, simply roll it out and get busy with some cookie cutters!christmas ornaments_0008

Ah dang! I so love this little girl of mine!  Fierce, confident, sensitive and shy…she is a walking contradiction and I love it!christmas ornaments_0009

We decided to play with some pretty basic Scandinavian inspired shapes: hearts and stars.christmas ornaments_0010

Lay your shapes out onto a nonstick surface on a cookie sheet.  I used Silpat, but parchment or wax paper would work just fine.christmas ornaments_0011You could simply use a straw to create a tiny hole, but I already knew that I would need a larger hole for some cool Nordic ribbon that I wanted to use to hang our designs.

Bake in a 220*F oven for an hour.  The baked results will be a crisp white.homemade ornaments_0000Last step is to hang the ornaments.  I adore this sweet little Nordic inspired ribbon.  It is such a cheery red and white touch!homemade ornaments_0001
homemade ornaments_0002For fun, I used scissors to create a bit of fringe. Simple, but fun.homemade ornaments_0004To keep things from fraying too bad, I used a lighter to melt the edges of the fringe.

I really love the results!

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Evangeline and I are pretty tickled pink with how our creations turned out!  Cheery and sweet.  Now time to figure out who is left on our list!!!

xoxo

Chanda

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