Have any hobbyists on your gift list? How about a personalized ornament tailored especially for the fisherman, golfer, artist, photographer or athlete? Whatever the hobby, you can make a dough ornament to suit that particular interest. These ornaments are easy to make from common kitchen supplies and will last for years and years.
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Things you need
- Food coloring
- Cookie sheets
- Hobby paints
- Cookie cutters
- Hobby paintbrushes
- White glues
- Mixing bowls
Mix 500 gr (4 cups) flour, 125 gr (1 cup) salt, some food colouring and enough water to moisten.
Mix the ingredients, adding water until you have the desired consistency. The clay should be stiff but still hold together when rolled into a ball.
Store in refrigerator to avoid spoiling. This clay dries hard and can be painted or decorated with markers or pens.
Make flour-based dough
Mix 250 gr (2 cups) flour with 125 gr (1 cup) salt and 175 ml (3/4 cups) water in a deep bowl.
Knead it until it's doughy.
Add food coloring or glitter.
Add more water if the dough is too crumbly. If it's too sticky, add a little more flour.
Make several batches in different colors.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.
Make salt dough
Form shapes by hand or with cookie cutters. Some suggestions are fish, golf clubs, spools of thread, basketballs, soccer balls, a watering can, a camera or a horseshoe.
Place a loop of wire into the still-soft dough to act as a hanger. You will thread ribbon through this loop when the ornament is complete.
Dry the objects in the oven at 95 degrees C (200 degrees F) for about 10 minutes. They can then be painted.
Use watercolor, felt-tipped pens or poster paint to decorate your ornaments. Glitter, bits of ribbon or other decorative pieces can be added with a touch of white glue.
Make your ornaments
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