Dec13

Baker's Dough Ornaments

Categories // Painting

Baker's Dough Ornaments

Baker's dough is similar to cookie dough, but it is made only with water, flour, and salt. Although Baker's Dough seems like cookie dough, it cannot be eaten. The dough can be cut into shapes, painted, and - once cooked - will last forever. This project will require adult supervision and help since you need to use the oven.

You will need:
Flour
Water
Salt
Cookie cutters
Paint (acrylic paint works the best, but you can also use tempera paints or watercolors)
Ribbon

To make the dough:

Boil 3/4-cup water, put 1/2 cup salt in a bowl, and pour boiling water over the salt and stir. Cool the salt-water mixture; add 2 cups flour and mix. Knead the dough for approximately five minutes or until the dough is smooth and workable.

After you have the dough made, roll it out as you would regular cookie dough. Use holiday cookie cutters to cut the dough into the shapes you want. You can also cut out shapes by hand. Poke a hole into the top of each shape.  This will allow you to thread a ribbon through the ornament so it can be used as a hanging decoration.

Have an adult preheat the oven to 350 degrees and, when you are finished shaping your decorations, have your adult supervisor place the ornaments in the hot oven on a cookie sheet. Bake the decorations for approximately one hour or until they are hard.

Once the dough is baked, it can be painted. You can use whatever type of paints you want.  The decorations provide a great opportunity to express yourself through art. After you are finished decorating and the paint has dried, spray the ornaments with a clear shellac or polyurethane to preserve the paints and make the decorations shiny.