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!

Christmas craft: wreath ornaments!

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We love adorable crafts; we cannot tell a lie. So when we saw a picture of these beautiful Christmas wreath ornaments, we just HAD to make them!! They’re super easy to make, work as great gifts, and who doesn’t love adorable ornaments!? The best part: you probably have all the supplies you’ll need in your house! These are so going on our Christmas tree.

Things you need:

String. You can use any yarn, twine, or even lace!

Mason jar rings. We used 2 old ones that were slightly dented so we didn’t feel guilty about sneaking some from our collection.

Hot glue gun and some glue sticks

Ribbon and rick-rack  in any colors you want

Bows. We made some tiny bows, but you can buy some at the craft store.

You can also decorate them with any little bells, holly leaves, or even glitter. The cuter the better!

First, we are going to take our mason jar ring and put a dab or hot glue on it. Stick the end of your string to the glue and let it dry for a few seconds. Next, wrap the string around the mason jar ring very tightly and evenly. If you like you can secure it with a little glue along the way, but ours hold up just fine without it. Once you make it all around, glue the string on to the ring and cut the rest off. Your wreath should look slightly naked at this point, but next is decorating, so that’s okay!

Take your rick-rack or ribbon and glue it to the ring, where you glued on your string. This keeps it looking neat and tidy. Wrap it around the ring leaving gaps between. This makes them look so pretty! Once you’ve made it all the way around, again simply glue it to the ring and cut off the extra. You will need to make a loop for the ornament to hang on, so cut a piece of ribbon or rick-rack and glue it to the top of the ornament in a loop. We made our bows here. Lastly, glue your bow, bells, or whatever you’re using, to the top where the ends of the strings are. This will cover up the ends of the strings so the ornament looks extra perfect!

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And you’re done! They’re so easy and fun to make, perfect for a craft with the little ones. They also make great gifts for your kids to give to their teachers! Too cute!

What kinds of homemade Christmas ornaments do you make? Have you ever made one like this? We’d love to hear about it; let us know in the comments below!

Christmas craft: sugar scrubs!

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Today we made one of the easiest Christmas gifts ever; sugar scrubs! They’re great for your skin, super customizable, and super fast and cheap to make.We ended up making an orange-vanilla scented scrub. We love how you get the little black dots from the vanilla bean on your skin, and its super moisturizing.  Lets get to it!

This recipe is enough for one 8 oz. jar of sugar scrub. These are the tools and ingredients you’ll need:

5-6 oz. white or brown sugar

4-5 tsp. carrier oil (you can use grapeseed like us, or sweet almond oil or even olive oil)

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

5 drops YL orange essential oil

You will also need a bowl to make the scrub in, measuring cups and spoons, and a container to store the sugar scrub in.

First, measure your sugar into the bowl. Measure in the orange oil and vanilla bean paste. Lastly, slowly add your carrier oil. You may need to add more than 4 tablespoons, depending on how moist you want your sugar scrub to be.

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Now, spoon the scrub mixture into your jar or container. Tie a cute ribbon around the lid and you’re done! You are now ready to give these out as gifts, or treat yourself and keep it. So fast, easy, and cheap to make, you’ll find yourself making these like crazy!!! I know we do!

Have you ever made a sugar scrub? Do you know of any great scents to make them in? Let us know in the comments below!