I am so excited for Christmas this year. I have already started the process of gift making. Do you do a lot of gift making?
This year I am trying to include Cordelia in the process a bit more. Yesterday we did some cool ornament making with salt dough (I was inspired by this tutorial). We made some ornaments as keepsakes for ourselves, but also one to give as a gift from Cordelia.
Using the recipe from the above link I needed to add a little more water, but otherwise it developed smooth and simple.
Cordelia, in spite of my warnings, tried a bite of salt dough....after putting it in her mouth she said, "Oh no momma."
We rolled out the dough (roll it fairly thin or you'll have super heavy ornaments) and used a small bowl to cut out some round ornaments.
I helped her to press her hand into the dough. I really had to push down on the back of her hand and each finger in order to make a good impression in the dough.
I poked holes into the ornaments and laid them out on an ungreased cookie sheet. I baked them at 300 for about 30 minutes, a little longer perhaps because I was distracted.
I pulled them out of the oven and let them cool down while Cordelia enjoyed nap time. Once cooled we came back to them and decided that they needed a little paint.
I tried a few different painting techniques. First I just painted her hand and placed it (carefully) into the impression, adding a little color to the print. I put her name on the ornament and the date as well. We put some green yarn through the hole and hung it on the tree.
Then I repeated the process and let her paint it....not the most beautiful of ornaments, but it was charming.
She was very proud and wanted to hang it on her little tree.
Finally I just painted in the hand print with paint. Looks solid. We will be sending this ornament as a gift from Cordelia to her grandparents in New Mexico.
Hopefully these keepsake ornaments will be fun to pull out annually and see how much she has grown.
Have you been doing any Christmas crafting?