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« on: November 21, 2010 07:58:54 AM »

These are some Christmas Dough Ornaments I have been working on, this is the first time I have ever made them.  I plan on coating them in a clear satin finish by (Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Satin Clear, Non-Yellowing, UV Resistant).

These are my favourite ones that I have done so far.  They have stamped patterns in them with some cheap jewelry.

A little closer.  I will be using this dark brown ribbon to hang them with.

This is a box of ones that I am still working on, have to still attach wire and ribbon and maybe touch up with some paint.

These are some that haven't been painted yet, some are baked and some are air dried. They really don't look very nice before painting, it was almost hard to imagine that they would look so much better when painted with detail.


Here are some basic tools I have used.  Acrylic paints, paint brushes, exacto knife, sewing pin for poking holes in before baking to allow steam to escape so that they don't puff up and look awful, plastic darning pin for drawing details, cookie cutters, other containers for different shapes and sizes, some old jewelry for stamping details and of course flour for rolling and a big glass for rolling with.

Here is the jewelry in better detail.

The recipe I have been using is:
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
Water, enough that it isn't too sticky but it is workable without sticking to your hands and isn't falling apart. 
I found I had to really play with it first and knead it well before using.
I roll the dough approx a 1/4 inch give or take.
I allow them to dry on the cooling racks for days, that's how long it takes for them to get hard and solid.
Or I tried baking them at a low low temperature until they seemed done on a cookie sheet with some tinfoil on top.

I love the way they turned out and I am so happy with them, I am also addicted to making them.
Comments and Questions welcome.  Thanks for looking.
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2010 08:43:00 AM »

Really neat!  I'll have to try this, thanks.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2010 09:39:40 AM »

These are really great! I'd love to try this.
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2010 09:55:01 AM »

How wonderful! Thank you for posting these! You just brought back a flood of childhood memories! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2010 12:10:34 PM »

Thanks everyone.  Hope you have fun making them.  They are cheap and easy, I know that Christmas time money is tight for me, so I thought these would make great gifts for people or decorations for myself.
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2010 02:19:35 PM »

Wow, I've seen a lot of salt dough ornaments, but these take the cake!  They're just fantastic!  I think the cream/brown ones are my favorites, those they're all spectacular.  Thanks so much for sharing!! 
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2010 01:20:52 AM »

great idea using the large pendants and charms to stamp designs! (i love the heart one! ) i think the sepia tones of the decorations ion the first two pictures is particularly effective Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2010 06:55:15 AM »

They turned out so lovely!  I actually like the natural look, especially of the ones with leaves!

I still have some from my childhood (uh, at least 40 years old! Smiley )...they have yellowed a bit but they still look great on my tree!

I love your tips and the different items you used creatively to make your designs!

Looks like you will be having a very happy holiday!
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2010 07:13:15 AM »

Wow, I've seen a lot of salt dough ornaments, but these take the cake!  They're just fantastic!  I think the cream/brown ones are my favorites, those they're all spectacular.  Thanks so much for sharing!! 

Thank you very much for you nice comment, the cream/brown ones are my favourites also.
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2010 07:14:42 AM »

great idea using the large pendants and charms to stamp designs! (i love the heart one! ) i think the sepia tones of the decorations ion the first two pictures is particularly effective Smiley

Thanks very much, I thought to myself, how can I get more detail....thats what I came up with.
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2010 07:16:34 AM »

They turned out so lovely!  I actually like the natural look, especially of the ones with leaves!

I still have some from my childhood (uh, at least 40 years old! Smiley )...they have yellowed a bit but they still look great on my tree!

I love your tips and the different items you used creatively to make your designs!

Looks like you will be having a very happy holiday!

Thank you.  It is good to know that they will last a long time.  I was really wondering about that myself.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2010 07:43:48 AM »

Oh my God, those are soo cute! At first I thought that those are cookies, because they look really tasty Smiley I think that's a great idea - easy and affordable. And also it leaves a lot of space for creativity Smiley Thank you for ideas for Christmas
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2010 04:28:53 PM »

These look awesome.  I actually thought they were maded of clay from the thumbnail.  The use of jewelry for stamping is a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing your recipe too.
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2010 02:01:48 AM »

These are fab! What temperature did you bake them at? I'm thinking about making some with my daughter:) Very excited!
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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2010 06:34:02 AM »

I didn't plan to have a tree or decs this year (not bah humbug, just lazy!!) but even I could knock up a few snowflakes with this recipe! Good job Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2010 12:22:56 PM »

Oh my God, those are soo cute! At first I thought that those are cookies, because they look really tasty Smiley I think that's a great idea - easy and affordable. And also it leaves a lot of space for creativity Smiley Thank you for ideas for Christmas

Thanks, they do sorta look like cookies I guess haha.  You are right they are fairly affordable and so versatile.
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« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2010 12:34:55 PM »

These look awesome.  I actually thought they were maded of clay from the thumbnail.  The use of jewelry for stamping is a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing your recipe too.

Thanks.  They do look like clay, they are really light in weight though compared to clay, that makes they great for hanging on the Christmas tree.
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« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2010 12:38:31 PM »

These are fab! What temperature did you bake them at? I'm thinking about making some with my daughter:) Very excited!

Thanks.  I am not quite sure what temperature I baked them at, it was in an old toaster oven on the keep warm setting...I imagine somewhere around....200 degrees Farenheit or less...I just kinda kept an eye on them and flipped them once they were solid enough to.  Have fun making them.=0)  My neice is almost 3 yrs old, she loved painting them and helping me mix up the dough.
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« Reply #18 on: November 23, 2010 12:41:56 PM »

I didn't plan to have a tree or decs this year (not bah humbug, just lazy!!) but even I could knock up a few snowflakes with this recipe! Good job Smiley

Thank you. Putting up trees are a lot of work, I don't blame you haha.  Snowflakes would look fantastic. You just gave me an idea thanks....now I have to find some snowflake cookie cutters.=0)
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« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2010 03:35:38 PM »

I cant wait to try these I love how you stamped them very neat gift idea!
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« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2010 07:14:59 PM »

These are so beautiful, practical and fun looking to make! Every year I try to pick one crafty thing to make and give... and you have certainly inspired me with this. I will attempt to make some of these and have the baby put her tiny hands and feet prints on them. I know a few grandparents would like these.

It's wonderful to know that they last a long time... maybe the baby will have them on her own tree one day.
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« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2010 09:24:39 PM »

From the thumbnail, I thought they were wood carved, these have got to be the best dough ornaments I've ever seen! Thanks for all the tips, I never would have thought to use jewelry for stamping.
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« Reply #22 on: November 24, 2010 02:20:11 AM »

Thanks for the tips, i was looking for some ideas on how to create some christmas tree ornaments - i think i will have to give these a go!
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« Reply #23 on: November 24, 2010 04:35:16 AM »

I love these.  I have a cousin who loves this kind of thing as a christmas present.
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« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2010 06:00:55 AM »

I think the idea of putting baby handprints and footprints in for grandparents is a pretty good one!

The ones I made years ago have a shellac on them--I think it came in a spray can...like I said earlier, they yellowed a bit and some are cracked a little, but it makes them look really vintage!

Once again, beautiful work!
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« Reply #25 on: November 24, 2010 06:48:12 AM »

thanks so much for the tips!  Last years ornaments were terrible.. but I will try you tips and see how it goes this year!
ps. I love how pretty yours are! it's inspirational!
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« Reply #26 on: November 24, 2010 09:36:08 AM »

Cool. I made some of those with my little cousins once at the cottage on a rainy day. Yours are super awesome looking. Like taking a simple craft to a new level. 

I had this wicked book that I've since lost that had instructions on how to microwave them. It took ages though, way longer than the book said, and we just found the oven way more convenient. It was a good recipe too. I've used others that got all weird and puffy. (Guess poking holes in the back would of helped.)

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« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2010 09:43:15 AM »

These are so lovely.  I have always wanted to make dough ornaments.  Thanks for posting, as this idea will be on my Christmas crafty list  Grin
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« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2010 06:17:40 PM »

I cant wait to try these I love how you stamped them very neat gift idea!

Thank you.  I thought to myself, how can I get more detail and that is what I came up with and it worked well.
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« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2010 07:05:18 PM »

Cool. I made some of those with my little cousins once at the cottage on a rainy day. Yours are super awesome looking. Like taking a simple craft to a new level. 
I had this wicked book that I've since lost that had instructions on how to microwave them. It took ages though, way longer than the book said, and we just found the oven way more convenient. It was a good recipe too. I've used others that got all weird and puffy. (Guess poking holes in the back would of helped.)

Thank you very much, a nice way to spend a rainy day for sure  I tried microwaving and didn't like how it turned out....wasn't pretty for me anyways.  I actually poked some holes in the front of mine, I guess if you use a small enough needle it won't show very much and the paint should fill the holes in.


These are so lovely.  I have always wanted to make dough ornaments.  Thanks for posting, as this idea will be on my Christmas crafty list  Grin

Thanks.  I hope you enjoy making them.

thanks so much for the tips!  Last years ornaments were terrible.. but I will try you tips and see how it goes this year!
ps. I love how pretty yours are! it's inspirational!

Thank you.  I wish you good luck.  I know if not all of them turn out you can always toss them.  They are fairly cheap.  I am still new at this so I do encounter problems at times.  I find the detail from the stamped ones shows much better on the unbaked air dried ones usually.

I think the idea of putting baby handprints and footprints in for grandparents is a pretty good one!

The ones I made years ago have a shellac on them--I think it came in a spray can...like I said earlier, they yellowed a bit and some are cracked a little, but it makes them look really vintage!

Once again, beautiful work!

Thank you.  Vintage look is wonderful.  My brother inlaws wife actually made the foot print ones and maybe handprint ones too, she let them air dry as far as I know, and they were quite thick. They turned out not too bad.

I love these.  I have a cousin who loves this kind of thing as a christmas present.

Thank you for loving my ornaments.

Thanks for the tips, i was looking for some ideas on how to create some christmas tree ornaments - i think i will have to give these a go!

No problem. They sure are addicting for me anyway.  They are fairly cheap to make.

From the thumbnail, I thought they were wood carved, these have got to be the best dough ornaments I've ever seen! Thanks for all the tips, I never would have thought to use jewelry for stamping.

Thank you very much, what a nice comment.  At first I didn't think of using the jewlery.  It took me a bit of experimenting.

These are so beautiful, practical and fun looking to make! Every year I try to pick one crafty thing to make and give... and you have certainly inspired me with this. I will attempt to make some of these and have the baby put her tiny hands and feet prints on them. I know a few grandparents would like these.

It's wonderful to know that they last a long time... maybe the baby will have them on her own tree one day.

Thank you so much, I am glad I inspired you I hope you enjoy making them.  They certainly are a lot of fun for me to make and relaxing too, as mentioned above my brother inlaws wife made some thick ones with foot and handprints and they turned out, as far as I know she just air dried them I think it took quite a while on a cooling rack.

I cant wait to try these I love how you stamped them very neat gift idea!


I hope you have lots of fun making them, thanks for your comment.
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« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2010 01:41:12 PM »

These are fantastic, both charming and sophisticated at the same time -- and what a great idea to stamp with jewelry!
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wow, nice job

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These are fantastic, both charming and sophisticated at the same time -- and what a great idea to stamp with jewelry!
Thank you for the nice comments.=0)
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I love your tips and designs.
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