We are truly in the midst of the Holidays, Christmas is in 24 days and Hanukkah has begun. I thought I would put different crafts you could make during the next few days to make some new memories with your family.  One year my kids and I decided to make some salt dough ornaments for our tree. It was fun and easy to do, and the kids loved to paint them. Here is an easy recipe you can try.

Salt Dough Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 cup cold water

Directions: In a large bowl, mix table salt and flour together. Gradually add 1/2 cup of water and mix to desired consistency. Knead the dough on a flat surface, adding a few more drops of water as needed (but not making it too moist).

Once the dough is made, you can divide it up into small portions to roll into 1/8″ thick pieces with a rolling pin. Use cookie cutters to cut out a variety of shapes, and place the shapes on wax paper or other surface to dry. If you want to make hanging ornaments, pierce the dough through with a toothpick while it’s wet.

Allow the shapes to dry for a day or two, turning them over periodically to speed up the drying process. You may need to re-pierce the hole several times during the drying process. After the shapes dry, you can use a fine grit sandpaper to gently smooth any rough edges.

Baking Alternative

Instead of allowing the dough shapes to air dry, you can bake them in the oven at 200 degrees F until hard. Baking times varies depending on oven and dough thickness. Make sure the dough is completely baked. You can cover the dough with aluminum foil if it starts to darken before completely baked through.

Salt Dough Project Suggestions and Tips:

  • You can store prepared salt dough in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a day or two before using.
  • Add color to the dough by mixing food coloring or paint into the water before adding it to the flour/salt mix. Alternatively, you can paint the finished baked dough with acrylic paint.

Painted objects should be sealed on all sides with polyurethane spray or clear varnish to make them lasting gifts or keepsakes.

Recipe from:  http://kids.creativity-portal.com/d/recipes/salt.dough.shtml

Also trying to do some easy Hanukkah projects you can make

Hannukah Crown or Hat

A simple construction paper ‘hat’ the kids have fun making, decorating and wearing!  We like making tissue paper flowers to decorate it, but you can use markers, stickers, glitter or gel pens instead.

Materials:

  • blue construction paper
  • 2 white pipe cleaners
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • tape
  • printer
  • paper
  • white tissue paper
  • white thread
  • OPTIONAL:  stickers, markers, glitter or gel pens to decorate
 

Instructions

  • Print template of choice
  • Color as necessary (if using the B&W version)
  • Cut out the template pieces
  • OR freehand cut 4 winter shapes from construction paper
  • Cut 2 or 3 strips of construction paper about 4″ wide and as long as you can make them
  • Tape the pieces end to end to make a really long piece.
  • Wrap around the child’s head to measure how long you need and trim off the excess (don’t tape into a circle yet).
  • Make 5 or 6 tissue paper flowers and tape to the front of the crown:
    • stack 3 or 4 squares of tissue paper on top of each other (size should be about 4″x4″)
    • fan fold (accordion fold) the tissue paper
    • tie tightly in the center with a piece of thread
    • separate the layers one at a time
    • roll a piece of scotch tape to attach the flower to the front of the crown (long construction paper strip)
  • Wrap the pipecleaner around a pencil to make a ‘spring’ with it.  An adult can wrap the first couple loops and then hand it over to the child to finish.
  • Straighten about 1/2 inch of the top and bottom of the spring (so it’s easier to do the taping).
  • Repeat with the other pipecleaner.
 
  • Tape a star onto the top of each pipecleaner.  Flip over and glue or tape the 3rd and 4th star onto the back of the 1st and 2nd (to sandwich the pipecleaner in between the stars)
  • Tape both pipecleaners to the long piece of construction paper so they either sit at the front of the head or the sides of the head

Tape the construction paper ends together to form a crown and put it on!

Courteous of:  http://www.dltk-kids.com

The Holidays are all about making memories so get those cameras ready, and start creating.

Happy Holidays!!!

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