Fun ornaments kids can make are perfect for adding some personalized flare to your tree and they make great keepsakes!
This Christmas season we are making salt dough and melted bead ornaments as gifts. These ornaments were inspired by these amazing Handprint Suncatchers from Homegrown Friends. We had something similar planned but instead made these awesome ornaments after seeing the Handprint Suncatchers. Check them out if you want something a little more personalized this holiday season!
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These are easy to make and combines both art with cooking! Both toddlers and preschoolers can make these special ornaments. Plus they looks so amazing with the lights of a Christmas tree behind them as the hang on your tree.
We used Tri-Beads for our DIY salt dough ornaments because they were smaller and all I had on hand but you could easily use regular pony beads. Whatever type of beads you use I recommend using colored transparent style ones. Using transparent ones allows the colors from your Christmas lights to shine through better.
The first step in these ornaments kids can make is to whip up a batch of salt dough!
Salt Dough & Melted Bead Ornaments Kids Can Make
Salt Dough Recipe:
- 1 cup Flour
- 1/2 cup Salt
- 1/2 cup water
Mix together all dry ingredients and then slowly add the water until it forms the texture of dough. Knead until smooth, then roll out the dough.
We made two batches so that I had two groups going at the same time. One of the batches the kids wanted to be green, because they were making trees after all, but it doesn’t matter what color the salt dough is. The color won’t show when cooked anyway.
Once your salt dough is rolled out use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes, w made trees and stars. Put the cut out shapes onto a cookie sheet.
Use a straw to poke holes in the trees and in the other shapes, these will be where your beads go. Add as many as you want, You just don’t want the salt dough too thin because it can crack if there are too many holes. The beads then go in each of the holes. Don’t forget to leave one at the top for a ribbon to hang it!
Cook them in the oven for 1.5 hours on 200 degrees to cook the salt dough. After 1.5 hours I slowly turned the oven up to 375 (keeping a close eye on them) so that the beads would melt. If you don’t cook it slowly the first hour and a half your salt dough may rise and get puffy or crack.
The melted beads can omit a melting plastic smell so make sure you have a exhaust fan on or window open.
After they cool paint the salt dough green for the trees. It doesn’t matter if the kids paint on the beads, just take a small towel or wet wipe and the paint will wipe right off. If your salt dough isn’t burned (our green salt dough turned a very unattractive brown) you can also just clear coat them with mod podge.
When the paint is dry put them on your tree! They look brilliant!
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