We probably agree on this…Kid-created crafts are treasures.
Do you remember a time when you were young and made something special for someone special? I think back to the jewelry box (a pink-painted macaroni-covered cigar box) that I created for my mom and how I felt every time I saw her open it.
And, while weevils eventually discovered my mom’s jewelry box, I discovered the happiness and pride that goes along with treasure making.
Summer is the perfect time to create some holiday gift-giving treasures and you probably have everything you need. Let the treasure making begin!
- 1 cup flour (not self-rising)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- medium-sized mixing bowl
- wooden spoon
- parchment paper
- rolling pin
- cookie cutters and cookie sheet
- drinking straw
- acrylic paints and paintbrushes
- clear Elmer’s glue
- Mod Podge
- Preheat oven to 250° F.
- Measure flour and salt, and add to a medium mixing bowl. Stir.
- Add water and stir.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Sprinkle flour onto parchment paper. Knead dough until it’s soft and pliable.
- If it super sticky, add more flour. If it’s super crumbly, add more water.
- Use a slightly floured rolling pin and roll out the dough to 1/4” thickness.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.
- Peel away the cough and lift cutout.
- Place cutout on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Use your straw to create a hole for the ribbon that you’ll tie on later.
- Place ornaments in the oven and bake for two to three hours, or until completely dry. (Turn ornaments over once halfway through the baking process.)
- Let cool. Paint and let dry.
- Using a paintbrush, “paint” on clear Elmer’s glue. Sprinkle on glitter. Let dry.
- Seal with a thin coat of Mod Podge. Let dry. Repeat for a total of either three or four coats.
- Once dry, tie on ribbon.
As a teacher, I always hold up students’ creations, stand back a bit to show them and ask them what they think. Their reactions – big smiles and feelings of pride. Treasures indeed.