Thursday, April 2, 2015

Crafting with kids- DIY 3 ingredient ornaments

Recipe: Homemade 3 ingredient ornaments
Recipe source:urban bliss life
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
Combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water in a medium or large pot over medium heat. Stir ingredients until the mixture starts to thicken, about 2-3 minutes. When the mixture begins to thicken into a smooth texture, remove from heat. Immediately form the dough into a ball and place into a glass bowl; cover with a damp cloth to allow the dough to cool a bit. If the dough is too warm it will be too mushy to use the cookie cutters on. Be patient and you will be able to feel with it is more pliable to work with.
Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
After a few minutes, when dough is slightly cooled to the touch, place onto a rolling mat and knead the dough gently. I used a silicone mat.  Feel free to add more cornstarch if you feel the dough is too sticky to knead properly.
Roll out the dough on the silpat or onto a cutting board lightly dusted with cornstarch (to prevent sticking) to 1/4 inch thick.
Cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Lift shapes with a spatula  and transfer them onto a prepared baking sheet on a silpat or parchment paper.
I used a sucker stick to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration.
Bake at 175 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your oven. Turn the sheet 180 degrees halfway through baking time to ensure even baking. If edges start to curl up during baking, gently tap down until flat.
My kids loved making these, once they were in the oven they thought they were sugar cookies, but when I said they could paint them they were so pumped!

You could go pick out a branch from your yard and hang these ornaments for a centerpiece, or you could put a string and card on them and give as grandparent or family gifts.
You kids will love painting them and making them their own piece of art.
Make some for any Holiday.
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