Sunday, December 22, 2013

DIY Salt Dough Ornaments & Gift Tags

To be honest, I haven't had much experience with hand made ornaments. I don't remember making them as a child --though I'm sure in kindergarden I made a popsicle stick frame or something of that nature-- and Mom and I admitted perfectionists and they wouldn't work with our color scheme (which, by the way, is burgundy and gold). But salt dough ornaments have been floating around Pinterest for quite some time and it looked fun, so I thought why not give it a try!

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water
(double as needed)

  DIRECTIONS:
Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. 
Add water and mix until it is moist throughout. 
If it feels sticky, add more flour. 
Knead/roll out on a floured surface and roll into an even layer.
Choose your favorite cookie cutters & have at it!**
Use a straw/pen/toothpick to poke holes for the ribbon. 
Bake at a low temperature (200-300 degrees) for an hour or until the ornaments harden.
Let cool then paint!
*I used the rim of a mason jar because I wanted large, round ornaments. 
*I also used a matchbox-size container to shape the rectangles for tags.


 While the ornaments bake or cool, use that time to write a quick note to whoever you're sending the ornaments to --or if you're like me and keeping several, browse Pinterest for decorating ideas ;). I absolutely LOVE these matching gift cards and thank you cards by Tiny Prints. They are from the Sequin Soiree collection, a simple but sassy holiday confetti theme. You can also find address labels, party invitations, and gift tags in that design. Many thanks to Tiny Prints for sending these my way! 

This project also gave me a great excuse to break out my new Anthropologie mixing bowls. They are made to look like everyone's favorite item, the multi-colored latte bowls! I've been wanting the latte bowls for some time so I now have a blue, red, and white to match the mixing set. The small and mini bowls make great gifts and are perfect for just about everything. You can even send them as a gift with one of your spiffy salt dough tags and swanky gift cards ;)

Anywho. As you are reading this, I am either on a plane headed to the Lone Star State or back at home with my family! Can I get an amen?! Happy Sunday, y'all! And happy 3 days until Christmas!

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4 comments:

  1. Such a great idea... I would have loved to see the finished product!

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    1. Unfortunately our ancient oven did its best to foil my ornament plans, but I'm hoping to reattempt them in the near future.

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  2. Oh gosh, how fun!! I recognize the timer from Anthro too, right? I've had my eyes on it for quite some time!

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    1. Mhm! My kitchen set needed a little updating ;)

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