How to Make Baking Soda Dough Christmas Ornaments

Super easy, super fun way to make scented baking soda-dough Christmas ornaments! A fun project to kick start your Christmas mood with the entire family. This is a no-bake recipe, so you don't worry about burning the figures.

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 teacups of water;
  • 1 teacup corn starch;
  • 2 cups of baking soda;
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice - vanilla, cinnamon or orange work best.

Steps

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    Mix the water with the baking soda and the corn starch in a big pot. Set your burner on medium and start stirring. Wait about a minute or two until you get a homogeneous mixture and then add the essential oil. Continue stirring while the mixture boils and make sure you scrape the sides of the pot often, so nothing burns. In less than five minutes you should have a medium-sized ball of steaming hot dough
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    Remove the pot from the burner. Take the dough out on a plate or in a bowl.
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    Let the dough cool off for at least an hour.
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    When the dough has cooled off, roll and flatten it.
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    Use the cookie cutters to make figures or make custom ones with a knife.
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    Make holes for the ribbons right after you have cut the figures.
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    Arrange the ornaments on a cookie tray or other solid surface;
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    Allow them to dry on the tray for a couple of days. Don't forget to turn them about a day after you have made them to allow the bottom side to dry as well.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Cinnamon essential oils work better than vanilla. Also, vanilla tends to colourise the dough in a slightly brownish shade while cinnamon leaves them snowy white.
  • In case you dough starts to stick or the corners of your ornaments have become rather crusty just sift a little bit corn starch on your working surface.
  • To clean up the dough remains from your kitchen table, you should use a damp dishcloth. Lay it on top of the dirty area and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Then wipe down. This should loosen any stuck dough and make it easy to clean up.[1]

Warnings

  • Do not eat!
  • Do not place on paper as while the figures dry the dough sucks the moisture out of it and the paper wrinkles. When it does, it also ruins the smoothness of your ornaments.

Things You'll Need

  • Big pot
  • Cookie cutters
  • Paints, nail polish or other decorating materials (in case you decide to colourise the figures)
  • Ribbons, thread, twine - if you want to hang he decorations of the Christmas tree
  • Cookie tray or other flat solid non-stick surface


Article Info

Categories: Christmas Decorations