I used to dream of Christmas trees packed full of beautiful ornaments that all matched my color scheme...just like the ones you see all over Pinterest.
And then I had kids.
Don’t get me wrong; those perfectly planned trees are beautiful, but give me a tree full of handprints, paper crafts, and hot glued ornaments any day! I love reminiscing each year as we grow our family ornament collection until there’s hardly any room left on the tree!
Hands down, our favorite ornaments each year are our homemade salt dough ornaments. They are cheap, and so simple...they do require a bit of patience to do them right, though! The key is letting them air dry. They set up so much better than being baked. And you can turn those sweet little handprints into just about anything.
Oh, and those pretty color-coordinated trees...we have those in our house too! You can’t ever have too many Christmas trees. But, they’ll never compare to our tree full of hand-made treasures.
1. Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl, it’s hard to mess up and easy to make a mess with!
2. Let the kids join in and then roll out the dough and stamp hand or footprints or use cookie cutters to create your shapes. Again, let them air dry. This can take a couple of days depending on the thickness.
3. Once dry, use acrylic paint to decorate them. I love using paint on little stamps to add lettering. You can even use paint markers once you have a nice base coat of paint applied.
4. Make sure you use a clear shellac spray to keep them preserved year after year! They also make for pretty sweet Christmas gifts or gift tags!