Christmas craft: ornament clay!

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Christmas ornaments are one of the most important decorations  on the Christmas tree. Ornaments can hold so many memories, stories, and we know how easy it is to get attached to one. We have old antique ornaments that go up on our tree every. Single. Year. They have to be up there!!! Homemade Christmas ornaments have quickly become a favorite tree decoration for us. Back when we were little, Momma would make clay and we would all get to make ornaments! We still do that now, and the little ones all love it. Our recipe is super easy, only takes 3 ingredients that you probably already have, and is extremely soft and smooth. Here’s the recipe that we used just today!

2 cups baking soda

1 cup cornstarch

1 1/2 cups cold water

That’s it! So simple and most people already own these ingredients. Lets get cooking!!

The first thing you want to do is measure the baking soda and corn starch into a small pot. Mix them together until they are completely incorporated. Put the stove on medium-high and add the water. You may need more or less water, depending on the consistency you want.

Now grab a book, magazine, or something else to entertain you by the stove! Its time to play the waiting game! Use a whisk and mix slowly. Your mixture will seem like milk for 7-10 minutes. Stir the whole time; if you stop, it could stick to the bottom and burn! Wahhh!

After about 7 or 8 minutes, you should notice it start to get thick. You NEED to switch to a spoon at this point; the mixture turns thick into clay very quickly here! Mix until it all starts to pull together and it gets hard to stir. Then, pull the clay out of the pot carefully and put it in a plate. It should look just like thick mashed potatoes! Cover it with a damp towel and leave it to cool for about 10 minutes.

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Once its cool, kneed it with cornstarch for a minute or two or it will be too sticky.

Now its time to let the kids have at it! Sculpt whatever you like, make the cutest ornaments evahhh, and have fun! Once you’re finished with your masterpiece, simply put it on a plate and leave it (preferably somewhere where no one can touch it) to dry for 1-3 days, depending on how thick your sculpture is. You can bake it if you are in a hurry, but this has been known to crack on us in the over, so we wouldn’t recommend it.

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Here are some of the kiddos masterpieces! These make great personalized gifts. What kind of DIY ornaments do you have? Do you make any special holiday decorations? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments!

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