Making handmade ornaments is so much fun! Every year at Thanksgiving, we try to come up with something fun to keep the kids entertained after dinner. In years past, we've always done gingerbread houses. But this year, we decided to change it up. I made a batch of these Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments and provided some beads, stickers, glitter glue and puffy paint. Before we knew it they were all decorated and even the adults joined in!
Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments:
*4 cups all purpose flour
*1 cup salt
*1 1/2 cups hot tap water
*4 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In your mixing bowl, dissolve the salt in the hot tap water. Slowly add the flour, beating slowly until it's well combined.
2. Add the cinnamon. Continue adding water, a very little bit at a time, until your dough is a smooth, consistency.
3. Roll out on a floured surface OR between two sheets of wax paper to about 1/4 inch thickness.
4. Cut the dough with Christmas shaped cookie cutters. Using a straw, poke a hole in the top of each shape BEFORE baking. Place on a cookie sheet and back for about 30-40 minutes. NOTE: I also allowed some to air dry for a few days. I think the ones that I air dried turned out better, because they didn't curl or warp while baking. However, if you are in a time crunch, baking works well. Just make sure you check them frequently.
5. When dry and cool, decorate with paint, beads, etc. Use on your Christmas tree, or attach to packages as a special gift embellishment. To store, wrap in paper towels and/or wax paper and store in an air tight container.
I was excited to send these to some sweet ladies for ornament exchange gifts! I hope they enjoy them!