Good Thursday morning friends! This week just seems to be passing more quickly by the day. Its still so hard to believe Christmas is only 3 sleeps away. I wanted to stop by today and share a super quick and easy recipe with y’all for some Christmas ornaments I made with our girls a few weeks ago! They are so simple and would make a fun little craft to do during these next few days! I’ll also be sharing the many ways I used these ornaments which may just be my favorite part!!
Here is what you’ll need:
- 1 cup Baking soda
- 1/2 cups Cornstarch
- 3/4 cups Water
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, measure them out into a pan. You will then cook the mixture on medium heat, stirring often, until you have a dough/mashed potato consistency. Once you’ve finished the cooking process, place the dough in a bowl and cover with a damp towel for 30 minutes to cool.
After 30 minutes of cooling time you can kneed the dough and separate it for rolling. I replaced the towel over the bowl when we weren’t using the dough to help keep it from drying out. When we were ready to roll our dough I used a little bit of cornstarch on our work space and the rolling pin to keep the dough from sticking. The star cookie cutters we used were found at Target and the tiny start was found at Walmart.
For the holes in the large stars, I used a kabob stick and punched the hole as soon as the star was cut. That way I didn’t have to worry about the dough drying out and cracking. After you have all of your stars cut you’ll then bake them in the oven at 175` for 45-60min per side. Once they are cooked they almost take on a ceramic finish and I love how naturally white these are!! We ended up making two batches which allowed us to get creative with ways to use them!!
When I decided I wanted to make these stars I knew I wanted them for ornaments on our trees. I just love how these little white stars look especially on our flocked tree. So simple and perfect. To turn these stars into ornaments I used some silver and gold spun twine that I picked up at Target. For the large stars I ran the twine through the hole I had punched before baking and then simply tied a knot. For the tiny stars I just hot glued the two ends of a short piece of twine to the back of the star creating a loop! Super, super easy!!!
The other thing I knew I wanted to do with the stars was to make garland! I love the look of these stars hanging about and since we had made a double batch I had plenty to use. For the garland with only the tiny stars I measured out the twine for each space and then I began hot gluing the stars to the twine. To keep the small stars from flipping backwards I glued two together. This helped to distribute the weight and keep them in place. For the garland that has the large and small stars, I simple tied the large stars in place and used the same two star method for the small ones. It was so simple and I love how they each turned out!!
Once we had placed all of our stars on the trees and made a few garland strands, I had some large stars left over. I was wrapping gifts one morning and ta-da, I decided to use the left over large stars for gift tags!! And they are seriously perfect! To write on them I used a black Sharpie permanent marker!! I love that these can so easily be personalized!
The girls and I had so much fun making these little ornaments and I see us making them year after year! They were so easy and fun to do! You can do other shapes and even paint them if you wish. This year for our first year we just went with simple and I’m so happy with the way they turned out! I hope you all enjoyed this little ornament DIY and I hope you try it with your kiddos, I know this would make a fun ‘Christmas vacation’ project! And even if the gifts are wrapped you can add these as special handmade gift tags for your loved ones!
~Happy Reading Friends