Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Great gifts for grandparents...

Let's face it, most grandparents already have everything they could ever want.  They don't need more sweaters, slippers, vases or kitchen towels. 

If you have small children these salt dough ornaments could be just the thing you need to make wonderful Christmas memories this year.  If your kiddos are out of school for winter break, this would be a great activity during those days before Christmas.

Check out these cutie-patutie ideas I found while searching online.

Snowman would be easy. 
 A circle, a nose, some paint and a ribbon. 

How about a handprint santa?  That's so cute!
(you could easily make these out of craft paper, as well, and use them as gift tags.)

Monograms, names, dates... all great memory makers.

These are super cute, too.  Star and mitten cookie cutters and a toothpick for design and 
you're well on your way.

These are little more extravagant - they are clearly painted and stained, but WOW what an impression!

These took a little extra time.  The frosting is white paint sprinkled with white glitter.  Impressive, don't you think?

I do believe I like this idea the best.  I love the idea of using them as a gift tie on.  Beautiful!

Want the recipe?  It's pretty simple.  Making salt-dough ornaments is so easy; you probably already have everything you need on hand.  Use the basic instructions and then add your favorite personalized techniques to give them a special touch.

     4 cups flour
     1 cup salt
     1 1/2 cup warm water
     rolling pin
     cookie cutters
     parchment paper

Preheat your oven to 250 F.  Combine water and salt, then add flour. Knead your dough by hand, adding extra flour as needed.  Roll out your dough into a 1/4" thick layer.  Cut out your ornaments with cookie cutters to create your shapes.  

Poke a hole in the top of each ornament with a toothpick.  At this point you may build on your ornament with extra decorative layers of salt dough, or make impressions into the dough.  

Place ornaments on parchment lined pan and place into the oven for 2-3 hours.  Drying time depends on the thickness of your ornaments.  The thicker they are the longer they take to dry. Allow your ornaments to fully cool, then decorate to your liking. 

Wrapped in tissue paper and given to a grandparent or great grand parent... what a great way to remember a special family member.

I'd love to see the finished results when you're done!  Don't be shy!  

Only By His Grace,


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