Saturday, January 4, 2014

Winter Clay Ornaments

We made a few of these Winter Clay Ornaments for Christmas gifts for the grandmothers, knowing, we would use them also for our Winter decorating. You may not be thinking about ornaments still now that Christmas is over... but... decorating for Winter is fun too!

They could not be simpler to make. With a light sprinkle of sparkle and a whisper of peppermint... they are lovable! 

White Clay Recipe

Ingredients & Directions:

1 cup bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 cup corn flour (corn starch)
3/4 cup of warm water
silver glitter

Our addition: 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil added in the kneading process.
Mix the dry ingredients in the pan then stir through the warm water. Mix over a medium heat, stirring as it starts to bubble and come away from the sides of the pan. When it has started to dry and resemble a soft play dough consistency, take it off the heat and leave it to cool for a few minutes. Turn it out onto the counter and knead it for a couple of minutes to make it super soft and pliable. It should look and feel like bright white play dough!
 Knead the warm dough and add the essential oil while kneading, then roll out and cut out Winter shapes, and sprinkle glitter over the top to make it sparkle!
Bake on cookie sheet in oven set at 100 degrees C (or 200 F) for an hour. They also dry perfectly if jut left out in the air at room temperature for a day or so, depending on the thickness of the dough.
Once they are hardened and cooled string up the ornaments. See The Imagination Tree for more ideas.

If a little cracking happens, that is normal and adds homemade character too.

We made trees and star clay ornaments and put them in places like jars and even hung some on our chandelier.

After all the Christmas decorations are taken down and put away, it is nice to have simple little touches of the Winter season still decorating the home reminding us of the time of year.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age...
Titus 2:11-12

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