We have a bit of a tradition at our house – each November 1st we bust out the Christmas tunes, order pizza and decorate the Christmas tree.
We've done this for several years.
Except for the year we moved on December 14th, the tree went up at the new house on moving day – even before the beds were set up!
Anyway, this year we started our Christmas decorating the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving due to a photo shoot we did in our dining room for a fabulous Canadian retailer (we'll share when we can). One of the things we pulled out to add to our tree was a set of gingerbread salt dough ornaments we made several years ago.
They're a very traditional and easy to make Christmas ornament that goes with just about any style of decorating. And they last like FOREVER!
Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups flour
- gingerbread cookie cutter
- cookie sheet
- ribbon/strips of cotton/jute for hanging
- Put salt and flour (dry ingredients) in bowl.
- Add water slowly. Mix/knead to form dough ball.
- Roll out dough ball (If it's too sticky add flour, if it's too dry add water) and use cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men.
- Use straw to make a hole for hanging.
- Lay ornaments out on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and add cloves for eyes and buttons.
- Either let air dry for several days or for about an hour at 200 degrees or so. I've also read that salt dough ornaments can be microwaved a bit at at time, but I haven't done it that way.
- Let cool, string and hang up!
Do you have any ornaments that you use year after year, no matter the style or color scheme you choose? Do you have any handmade ornaments that you love?