The past two Decembers, we have moved, and I cannot tell you all how excited I am to NOT be moving this month. We have been able to do so many fun activities and have been making great memories! Little Mouse is at the age where she is thoroughly enjoying all of the Christmas festivities and it is so fun to enjoy this season through the eyes of a 4-year-old.
One of the things we had fun doing this year was making some ornaments. I don’t remember ever doing this before, so it was a new experience for me as well. I found this really easy recipe made with cornstarch and baking soda instead of salt and flour. This is perfect for people with a wheat allergy!! This recipe can also be cut in half to make a smaller batch. The recipe below will make approximately 30-35 medium-sized ornaments.
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1-1/2 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until the mixture forms a thick dough and can no longer be stirred.
The dough will end up looking like mashed potatoes! 🙂
Transfer to a bowl and cover with a damp towel. I think it would work better to make sure the damp towel is pressed down to actually touch the dough. I didn’t do this and some of the dough ended up crusting. Let it set like this until it has cooled to room temperature.
Once cooled, knead the dough until smooth. If your dough is sticky, you can add additional cornstarch as needed. Roll the dough out onto a cornstarch covered surface so it doesn’t stick. You will want to roll it about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. Cut out with any shapes you like. You can knead the dough and roll it out as many times as you need too. This is a very easy dough to work with!
Transfer cutouts to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
I used a straw to make the holes for the ribbon so we could hang them up.
You will bake these in the oven at 175 degrees for about 2 hours or longer. Make sure you flip them about every half hour until they are completely dry.
After the ornaments have cooled, you can paint or decorate them any way you choose. Little Mouse loved painting them and creating her own one-of-a-kind ornaments!
We gave several away as gifts and kept several for our own tree. 🙂 I made a lot of ornaments, so we also invited several of Little Mouse’s friends over and let them enjoy painting their own ornaments also! 🙂