play with your food! a great keepsake from the holiday Season

While Christmas is always a magical time in our house, this year was particularly special since we celebrated for the first time as parents. After the stockings were emptied and the gifts were all unwrapped, I searched for a craft my son and I could do to create a memory of the day (arts and crafts are our favorite!). He loves getting ooey-gooey so these Salt Dough Ornaments were not only fun for him, but also quick, easy, and make a great keepsake! Here’s a perfect post-holiday kitchen treat that may not be eatable, but will leave you with lasting memories.

An easy yet lovable keepsake!

An easy yet lovable keepsake!

Salt Dough Ornaments

Dough Ingredients:

4 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting)

2 cups salt

About 1-2 cups of tap water

(Optional)

Cinnamon

Food coloring

Decor (Chef’s selection):

Sharpie markers

Paints

Ribbons

Glitter

Sealant Spray

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees. Whisk the salt and flour together in a large bowl. Slowly add the water in, about 1/4 cup at a time. The dough should hold together well and not split when rolled out. Remember to add gradually since you can always add more but you can’t take away!

Almost good enough to eat (but not quite!)

Almost good enough to eat (but not quite!)

Cut dough into 2 inch portions. Use flour to dust your surface. Roll out until about 1/2 inch thick, you want the dough to be thick enough to hold the hand print but not too thick that it will end up too heavy (this took me a few times; you can always re-roll if they don’t turn out the way you want!). You can use a bowl or glass for a perfect circle, but I like the natural look without. Place flat hand into the dough and give it a good smoosh (Luca’s favorite part!).

Happy to get his hands dirty :)

Happy to get his hands dirty 🙂

Use a straw to “cut” a hole for ribbon at the top.

Yes, that is absolutely a Christmas straw I'm using!

Yes, that is absolutely a Christmas straw I’m using!

Place on parchment lined baking dish and bake for 3 hours or until dough is hard.

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Decorate as you’d like!

A beautiful addition to our tree :)

A beautiful addition to our tree 🙂

There are so many ways to put a twist on these ornaments that I look forward to trying them all and starting a new tradition for our family! From our home to yours, we hope you’ve celebrated a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to sharing a whole new set of culinary goodies with you in the new year!

Eat Well,

Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian

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