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This year, Monkey and I wanted to make a new Christmas decoration to use in decorating our house. We kind of left the project to the last minute, but we had a lot of fun creating our banner.
Note: We punched only 1 hole into each of our trees, which is not the best way for a banner. Two holes is best so that the ornaments can lay flat against the wall on a single strand. Because of our single-hole trees, we had to tie individual strings to each tree to get the painted side to show.
Salt Dough Clay Ornament Banner
(Makes about 20 ornaments)
1/2 cup of salt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup of water
Acrylic paint sealer
|Monkey makes Christmas tree shapes.|
Heat the oven to 200 degrees.
Mix the salt, flour, and water together in a bowl. The mixture should be dry enough to roll out with minimal flour coating your surface. Add a little more flour to the dough if it is too sticky.
Roll out the dough about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out your desired ornament shapes.
Place a piece of parchment paper onto a cookie sheet. Place the ornaments onto the paper. Use a drinking straw to punch two holes side by side into the top of each ornament.
Cook the ornaments between 2 and 3 hours. I flipped ours half-way through, but I don’t know if that makes any difference in drying time. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
|Ready to go in the oven.|
Paint the ornaments with your desired color of paint. I applied a base coat and allowed it to dry, then applied detail paint colors on top.
Apply a coat of protective varnish over the paint once the colors dry. It should take about 10 minutes for the varnish to dry.
For Two Holes: String a long piece of ribbon or string through the holes in the ornaments. String the string to the front from the back, then down to the back from the front, like you are sewing the ornaments together. This will allow them to lay flat, and will keep them from falling into the center of the string.
For One Hole: Cut a piece of ribbon or string about 10 inches long for each ornament. Fold the string in half, then thread the ends through the hole. Pass the ends of the string through the loop and pull tightly. Hang the ornaments wherever you like.