Yes, I know what you may be thinking. Christmas blogging already? It isn’t even Halloween yet. 🙂 As a fellow busy woman, I know how crazy the holiday season can get and, before you know it, you are out of time and ideas for Christmas gifts for those important people in your lives. Well, I am here to help. My boys have so much fun creating things for grandparents and other relatives and friends that this year, we are making some personalized homemade Christmas ornaments. My oldest son and I made some several years ago, and they still look great and smell Christmasy, right out of the storage box! Here is the recipe we used:

  • 1-1/4 cups flour 1 cup salt
  • ¾ cup cinnamon 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup ground cloves
  1. Mix all ingredients except ground cloves in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Knead mixture well.
  3. Use ground cloves to “flour” the surface on which you roll out the mixture.
  4. Roll to ¼ inch thick and cut with your favorite holiday cookie cutters.
  5. With a straw, punch a small hole at the top of each ornament.
  6. Place on cookie sheet dusted with cinnamon and bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cool.
  8. Ornaments can be painted or left plain.

 

I also found a very cute family fingerprint ornament that we will be making for our own tree this year as well.

Family Fingerprint Ornament

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

cold water

Mix all ingredients until it is the consistency of playdough. Form into shape (like a circle) to accommodate one fingerprint from each member of your family. Bake at 250 degrees for two hours, cool, then spray with metallic paint for a shiny happy Christmas memento from 2012!