These homemade ornaments are a fun gift that kids can make or simply a fun craft to do with them any time of the year. Last year my kids made some for their grandparents for a Christmas gift and this year I made them with my Activity Day Girls group at church.
I love the pure white look of the baking soda ornaments compared to the look of the salt dough ones. These are so easy to make and worth giving a try.
To make the dough:
2 cups baking soda
1 cup corn starch
1 1/4 cups water
In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water. Stir mixture over medium heat. After a few minutes the mixture will start to boil and thicken. When it looks like smooth mashed potatoes remove dough from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Cover dough with a damp cloth or paper towel until it's cool.
Once cool, knead the dough on a smooth surface, adding a little more cornstarch if it feels sticky. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters and transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet to dry. Use a thin straw to place a hole at the top of the ornament for hanging. My kids love to decorate the ornaments with stamps and I love how pretty it looks. Let ornaments dry on the tray overnight, turning over the next day to continue drying. To dry ornaments faster bake them in a 175 degree oven for 1 hour, or until completely hard, turning over after 30 minutes. Once dry the ornaments can be painted (I love how they look just being white though) and string a ribbon through for hanging.