Not only do I enjoy making our Christmas decorations from things I find around the house or the garden but our children enjoy getting involved too. Usually we make Christmas tree decorations from salt dough which has worked fine in the past but I have found that it leaves a lot o salt residue on our children’s hands and like any children they like putting their hands in their mouth. So this year I went on the hunt for a new way to makes these decorations and I came across a idea of using cornflour instead of normal flour and hay presto no salt residue on their little hands and they had just as much fun making them.
To make these decorations all you need is
- Pour 2 cups of cooking salt with 2/3 of water into your saucepan and place over a medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes until bubbles appear. (you need to stir this mixture constantly to make sure all the salt dissolves)
- Remove from the saucepan from the heat and immediately add 2 cups of corn flour and 1/2 cup of cold water while stirring the mixture quickly to form a stiff dough mixture.
- Tip the mixture out of the saucepan carefully as it is very warm and kneed strait away. ( I added a small amount of cornflour to my kitchen surface to stop the dough from sticking)
- You can either roll out and cut shapes from the dough now or I found it easier to roll if you rapped the dough in clingfilm and let the dough rest for a while.
- Once you have rolled out your dough and cut into your desired shapes take a straw to push out a hole for the ribbon or string to thread through.
- Place on backing sheets and either on to a baking tray and place into the oven or leave your decorations on the backing sheets to one side to air dry.
- Once your decorations are cooked or aired dried so they are rock hard start to decorate with what ever decorations you would like. We used glue glitter to decorate ours but you can use paint, sequins feathers the list is endless.
- Cut you ribbon or string to your desired length, thread through the whole you made and tie the two ends together and hang around your house. (In previous years we made garlands with them to hang from our living room ceiling but this year they are hanging proud on our tree.
I hope you have as much fun making your decorations as we did. I would love to see your creations please post pictures of your decorations on our Facebook page and if you have any other great ways to make decorations for Christmas please share them here or on our Facebook page too. I look forward to see them all.
Happy Christmas To You All