I love homemade Christmas Ornaments. For years I have decorated my home and Christmas tree with them. I had tried many different kinds over the years, but I had never heard of homemade baking soda Christmas Ornaments until I was introduced to them on Pinterest.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup water
How to make your Homemade Baking Soda Christmas Ornaments:
- First you combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water in a bowl until everything is combined together.
- Next put your mixture into a sauce pan and cook over Medium heat stirring constantly.
- After a minute or two the mixture will begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth mashed potatoes it is done…Remove from heat.
- Put your ball of “baking soda clay” in a bowl, covered with a damp cloth until it is cool enough to touch and work with.
- Roll it out and cut with cookie cutters into your desired shapes!
As you can see from the picture above I made my homemade baking soda Christmas ornaments into snowflakes! Nothing says Christmas like snowflakes!
Well, mixing these ornaments up was easy. My only recommendation is…be sure that you stay with your ornament mixture when you are cooking it. I noticed that my baking soda and cornstarch wanted to sink to the bottom of the pot. (You MUST stir it constantly to avoid it sticking and burning to the bottom of your pot.)
When my mixture was cooled, I started to work and kneed it… “The fun part”! The “clay” was almost like play dough…It was easy to mold and easy to roll out. It was however, difficult to get off of the table when I rolled it out. This could be because I didn’t roll it out on anything…DUH me!
I chose to let my ornaments air dry. It took them about 3 or 4 days to completely dry. I would also recommend that you roll your dough out THICK, but not to thick or they will crack! I rolled my ornaments out in all different thicknesses just to see what thickness would work better, and it seems that the thick (about 1/2 inch thick) the dough the less likely it is to break.
I like the way that these ornaments look, they are solid white and even stay that way after they dry! I however do not think I will make them again. While they are very beautiful, the dough didn’t make that many ornaments and it kind of dried my hands out while I was working with it! Be sure you have some of our DIY lotion bars on hand…ha ha ha
I did see several recipes for this Homemade Baking Soda Clay/ Christmas Ornaments…
Thank you all for the inspiration!!!!
- One last thing…To get perfect holes in your dough/clay …use a straw!! It makes a perfect circle!!! Just be sure to do it before the ornaments are dry.