As a special end of year celebratory treat we like to make a little Christmas gift to share with our classmates. Last year we made White Dough Star Ornaments. This was by far the cheapest and my favourite gift we have ever made! Judging by the popularity of this blog post, I am guessing lots of other people loved it too!
So I wanted to give you an update. An after the fact recount AKA what I learnt and a quick HOW TO.
Traditionally dough ornaments are made using a “Salt Dough” recipe. This is an easy way to make the ornaments and you get a very natural appearance as a result. But I wanted WHITE!!!! After some research on google, and advice from the ever helpful “The Organised Nest” Facebook flock. I found a new recipe! I have adapted it slightly for Australians and this will create enough dough for about 16 small ornaments.
- 1 Cup of Corn Flour
- 2 Cups of BiCarb Soda (the same as Baking Soda)
- 1 1/4 Cups Cool Water
- Mix Cornflour and BiCarb Soda in bowl.
- Add Cool water and stir.
- Once ingredients are combined place over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- The mixture will bubble first and then begin to combine.
- Once the dough mixture has formed one large ball in the pan, remove and place in a bowl to cool.
- Cover the dough with a wet cloth as it cools.
- Once cool, knead the dough with your hands. (this should only take a minute or two!)
- It quickly comes a beautiful smooth dough.
- Sprinkle a little extra cornflour on the bench and roll it out into 1cm high sections.
- Cut it out into whatever shapes your heart desires!
- Use a straw to press out a hole in the top of the ornaments (to allow for hanging)
- If you want to stamp or carve pictures into your dough now is the time to do it!
- Place each shape onto Baking paper and leave to air dry for at least 24 hours.
- Admire your handy work!
- You can bake these ornaments, but it will give them a golden baked appearance.
- Like any dough, once hard they are quite fragile so be careful!
- Use some ribbon or twine to create a hanging ornament.
- These make great gifts!
- * I used a "Cookie Stamp" to create personalised messages. These are available from kitchen stores and even large department stores.
These ingredients are cheap, cheap, cheap! After some trial and error I found that the Wooloworths Homebrand ingredients work just as well and are literally half the price. BUY the Homebrand Ingredients from Woolworths and this recipe costs you less than $2!!! I mistakenly bought the branded items and it cost me about $6 which still isn’t too bad! Win Win!
Nothing says thoughtful like a personalised gift. We stamped each classmates name on the ornament using a Wiltshire “Cookie Stamp” Kit from Big W.
Last year this Kit was found in Big W in the Cooking/Kitchen Utensil aisles, it retails for about $18.
The kit contained some predesigned messages (Thank You, I Love You etc) and then a whole heap of individual letters for you to design your own messages. This is seriously one of my favourite purchases and I have already used it over and over again!
The ornaments once dry are ready to go but personally I like to lacquer the finished product. For longevity and to hopefully make them look even better! You can find a simple spray on lacquer at Masters/Bunnings/Spotlight.
I wrote a little poem and turned it into a bag topper just using some cardboard.
Now they are ready to deliver! Made easier if you have an extra cute delivery elf like this one! Oh I hope this Christmas dress still fits her this year.
There you have it. A cheap, easy, thoughtful gift for any occasion really but especially nice to spread some joy this Christmas.