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DIY Play Dough Ornaments
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These dough ornaments are easy to make and fun for the whole family. You can imprint anything you like in the dough: each family members’ fingerprint and the year, handprint, paw print, or anything with texture (bumpy glass, lace, beads, pine needles, stamps, etc.).
Supplies & Tools:
- 3 cups flour*, plus more for kneading
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- Baking supplies: bowl, spoon, measuring cups, rolling pin
- Plastic drinking straw
- Items for imprinting: cookie cutters, bumpy glass, lace, beads, pine needles, stamps, toothpick, stamps, etc.
- Ribbon or fishing line
- Optional: Paint
*Note: No need to waste your fancy King Arthur Flour—use generic instead!
- Mix flour, salt, and water together, and stir for 10 minutes.
- If the dough is still very sticky, turn the dough on a floured surface and knead in more flour.
- Shape the dough into 2" balls and then flatten the balls in the palm of your hand.
Note: You can also use a rolling pin to roll out the dough (about 0.25" thick) and then cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
- Stamp the dough with with pine needles, beads, bumpy glass, or your family members' fingerprints.
- Use a plastic drinking straw to make a hole for the ornament hanger.
Note: The straw makes a hole that is too big for some of the smaller shapes, so use a toothpick instead. Poke the toothpick into the dough and wiggle it around to make the hole a little bigger.
- Bake at 250°F for about 2 hours (longer if needed).
- Once completely cool, paint as desired.