How To Make Homemade Ornaments – Easy Recipes
These easy recipes for homemade ornaments are fun gifts to make, easy on the budget and great to receive!
By Lois Breneman, Heart to Heart Newsletter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Homemade Applesauce – Cinnamon Ornaments
- Pour equal amounts of applesauce and ground cinnamon into a bowl and mix well into a dough.
- Roll out and use cookie cutters to cut stars, gingerbread men, etc.
- Insert a small hook from the jewelry department of a craft store into top of each ornament (or a paper clip or ornament hanger will do).
- Let dry on wax paper for a few days, turning over every morning and night.
- When dry (3-5 days depending on temperature and humidity), use white craft paint to add “frosting” accents.
These make great homemade ornaments and should have a scent even next Christmas, if you store them in plastic zip lock bags. After many years when they lose their scent, cinnamon oil can be rubbed over them to perk up the fragrance.
Homemade Salt Ceramics Ornaments
1 cup salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup water
Mix well and heat until mixture thickens. Roll into ball and chill. When cold, roll out mixture about 1/4″ or a tiny bit thinner. Cut into cookie cutter shapes. Place on wax paper-lined cookie sheets. Decorate with glitter, beads, sequins, poster paints, nail polish, old jewelry, felt, another color of ceramic dough or any scraps. Be sure to make tiny holes with a large needle for hanging or insert a paper clip while wet.
This recipe makes wonderful homemade Christmas ornaments that last for years if packed away carefully in a cool, dry place. I have some homemade ornaments that I made which will soon hang on our tree for the 40th year – still in great condition!
My favorites are gingerbread men, hobby horses, Christmas trees, angels, sleighs, bells. A candy cane can be made by twisting two “snakes” together with the colors already mixed into the dough. The pastel colors in mine didn’t even fade. An ornament is nice to give to friends. Everyone loves an unexpected gift! A box of these handmade ornaments makes a nice wedding gift, since most newlyweds don’t have ornaments when they get married.