Microwave Salt Dough Ornaments by lifemate


									Microwave Salt Dough Ornaments
Here's a new twist on an old favourite - microwave salt dough Christmas
ornaments. Just follow the simple recipe, cut out your favourite cookie cutter
shapes, and microwave a plate of ornaments at a time.

If you are looking for some fun and inexpensive crafts to do this Christmas,
making ornaments with salt dough is a good choice. Basically, with salt, flour,
water and some decorations you can make beautiful ornaments to give as gifts to
family and friends. On a rainy or cold day, you will probably have these items
around the house. This is an excellent craft for kids. My kids and I started making
these about 3 years ago and now it has become a tradition each year during the
holidays. We make these for everyone and now people look forward to getting
one each year. You can also make these for any occasion. We have made them
for Valentines Day too.

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe
• 4 cups of flour
• 1 cup of salt
• 1-1/2 cups of hot water
• holiday cookie cutters
• decorations - glitter, paint, beads, etc.

Microwave Salt Dough Ornaments

1. Half of the dough recipe featured above is enough to make all the ornaments
shown above, plus some extras. You will also need paint in red, green, white, and
gold, plus green glitter paint, and trims such as iridescent stars, pom poms, mini
candy cane erasers, and glitter chenille stems.

2. Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut a variety of snowmen, Christmas trees and
stars. Use a toothpick to make a hole for hanging, being sure to make the hole a
little larger than you will want as they tend to close when baking.

3. Using a microwave-safe plate (not paper or cardboard), microwave a plate of
your ornaments for 1 to 4 minutes, increasing the time by 1 minute increments
and keeping a close eye on the microwave as the ornaments bake. Microwave
power levels differ greatly, so use high power in a less-powerful oven, but lower it
if your oven tends to heat things very quickly. You don't want to risk a fire! Let
the ornaments cool completely before decorating.

4. Snowmen: Base coat white. Paint hats black. Use paint or markers for eyes,
nose, mouth and buttons. You can also use paint to add a scarf, unless you are
using chenille stems. Take one chenille stem and, leaving enough stem to form
an arm on the left, wrap the stem around the neck, and form another arm on the
right. Cut off excess stem and bend each end in a 1/4" to form hands. Add mini
candy cane erasers if desired.

5. Stars: Base coat white or gold. Add green glitter paint, or outline with gold
paint or glitter paint, if desired. Glue an iridescent star in the middle of each
ornament. Take a chenille stem and, leaving a little extra at the top to form half a
loop, bend the stem around each star point, pushing in with your fingers until the
stem will retain the star shape. You will find the stem ends at the top with some
extra left over. Bend both of these end lengths together to form a hanging loop.

6. Christmas Trees: Base coat green, then re-paint with green glitter paint. Add
gold and white accents in a "garland" effect, then use red to add red "balls" to the
tree. Glue sparkly pom poms or two iridescent stars glue together on top of the
tree if desired.

Variations: These are just some of the possibilities for decorating your micro
waved salt dough ornaments. This is also a good kid's craft or group project - just
microwave several batches of ornaments and provide a variety of paints, markers
and embellishments to let everyone exercise creativity. Properly dried the
ornaments should last for years.

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