Happiness, A Recipe.

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!

Salt-Dough Ornaments

You Need:

  • 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
  • glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • ribbon

How To:

  • 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.