Saturday, December 13, 2008

Homemade Craft Dough Ornaments

This craft dough is so easy to make and fun to play with, you may never want to use store-bought again!

NOTE: make sure your kiddies know NOT to eat this stuff! One of my 4 year olds once ate some while I wasn't looking and promptly threw up all over the table. It may look pretty and smell nice, but make sure they know it is yucky!!Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar (this is sold in the spice section of your supermarket)
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 Cup water
  • optional: colorant (powdered drink mix works well, or just use food colors or paste colors)
  • optional: fragrance (candle or soap scent oils or foodAdding water to saucepan extracts)

    Additionally you will need:
  • cup, 1/2 cup, and teaspoon measure
  • saucepan
  • whisk
  • stiff spoon or spatula

    I am making double batches so the saucepan is pictured with some ingredients measured in already. In these pictures I am making strawberry scented craft dough, so along with the required ingredients, I have dark cherry drink mix (1 packet) and strawberry fragrance oil.
    Measure the dry ingredients into the saucepan and mix around
    with the whisk. Add the oil (and fragrance oil if using) and colorant. While stirring, pour in water. Turn burner on medium heat and cook and stir until mixture thickens and begins to hold together in a ball. Once it begins to thicken, it will thicken up pretty fast!

    Turn craft dough out onto a countertop Kneading
    and let set a minute or two until cool enough to handle. Knead a few times until the dough becomes smooth.

    Store in airtight containers for many hours of playtime fun! I recommend using the craft dough on a plastic tablecloth or other protected surface! Just like store-bought play doughs, this stuff does not agree with carpets and upholstery!

    Dough colorsWe made pale green (apple), white (vanilla) and deep pink (strawberry). We made ornaments out of some of ours. I baked them in a 200 degree oven for an hour or so on each side, turned the oven off and let them cool. If you are going to bake these, make sure they aren't more than about 1/4" thick, or they will not dry all the way through. Dough is also paintable when baked.

    Anonymous said...

    Thanks for posting this wonder tutorial on Christmas dough ornaments.

    LizzieK8 said...

    We try not have the kids eat craft dough, so somehow I think coloring it with the wonderfully scented soft drink mixes sends a mixed message to little ones, no?