I adore homemade gifts. I love making them, and I love receiving them. This year, a colleague made me lemon sugar shower scrub, and it is my absolute favorite gift. I'm tucking that idea away for the kids' teachers for next year...
This year, I decided to make salt dough ornaments for the teachers. It's easy enough.
Salt Dough Recipe:
1/2 cup table salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
Mix ingredients together in a blender until a sticky dough forms. Then, knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Roll it out to about 1/4" thick, and use your favorite cookie cutters to cut shapes, as you would sugar cookies. Use a skewer to punch a hole in the ornament so you can thread some string through to hang them.
Eating a cheese and chocolate chip cannoli from Termini Bros. while you're making salt dough ornaments is helpful, but optional.
I baked the ornaments on a baking sheet at 200 overnight. I mean it, they were in the oven from 10 pm until 6 am. They don't burn. All of the moisture leaves the dough, and they get really hard, which is what you want.
You can decorate salt dough ornaments with anything...marker, pencil, glitter-glue, whatever! I had the kids color the snowmen with small Sharpie markers. I neglected to take photos of our finished product, however, because Charlotte proceeded to scribble on the table, and Nathan decided to decorate the floor. *sigh* But here's a photo of one of our "rejects":
What about you? Did you make or receive anything homemade this year?