This is another craft I did with Kennedy last week when her school was closed for a teacher development day. I’ve actually tried different versions of this idea a few times, but they’ve never worked. Not this time though, this one actually works!
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups salt
The only difference was that we added a few pumpkin pie type of spices to the cornstarch. We just used whatever was on hand. So this time it was cinnamon, ground cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. I don’t think the amount you use really matters.
We mixed the salt and the water first. Then put it on the stove on medium-ish heat and gradually added the spicy cornstarch. We kept heating and stirring until it looked like dough. Then we let it cool for like a minute and I burned my hands a bit playing with it cause I couldn’t wait.
The dough is perfect. It rolls out easily and doesn’t get sticky at all. Plus is smells amazing, even when it’s dry.
We got about 20 of these fun little ornaments out of this batch. I had these little cutters, which are actually for pie pastry and then we made the holes with a straw. The drying time was about 2 days.
It’s hard to see where I hung them because of the unfinished half-painted un-chair-railed wall behind them, but you can kind of get the effect.
I still have a whole bowl left of these that I have no idea where to hang. I really just wanted to do this to see if it would work!
You can bet this little project is going to make another appearance come Christmas tree decorating time!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.