Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments

One of my grandmother’s neighbor gave me a handwritten recipe book as a wedding gift earlier this year. It’s filled with medicinal and food recipes, conversion tables, substitution suggestions and stories.

One recipe is for homemade Christmas ornaments using staples from your kitchen. The neighbor said she copied the recipe from a magazine years ago. Here’s what you need:

Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments

1 cup Morton or other table salt
2 cups flour
1 cup water
cookie cutters

1. Mix salt and flour in a bowl. Stir in the cup of water a little at a time.
2. Knead dough 7-10 mins. until dough is firm.
3. Roll dough out about 1/4 inches thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out the ornaments.
4. Poke out a hole in the top of each ornament using toothpicks or other tool.
5. (Optional) Decorate each ornament by drawing on them or adding other pieces of dough with water for a 3D effect.
6. Bake on a cookie sheet at 325 degrees for 30 mins. or until hard.
7. When cool, brush varnish over the ornaments to protect them from moisture.
8. Paint ornaments and decorate them using other craft items, such as glue and glitter.
9. Threat, yarn, ribbon or wire can be used to hang the ornaments on the tree.


A economical way to decorate this Christmas

If you’re like me, you love to decorate. Especially around Christmas time.

I’ve wistfully been eyeing new red and white poinsettia garlands, snowmen window cling-ons and bright, shiny lights for the holiday season. But with a dark cloud of possible layoffs lingering over my household and the downturn in the economy, I’ve been clutching my purse close.

But here’s a brilliant idea. How about making decorations?

Craftstylish has a wonderful idea — an origami reindeer made from interfacing — and so does BurdaStyle — an Advent Calendar wall hanging.

Interfacing is used in sewing, so you’ll find it at any of your local stores that carry fabric. If a reindeer isn’t your thing, look for other origami shapes. Interfacing will help your creation hold its shape and stand on its own.

Many people celebrate the days leading up to Christmas with Advent Calendars. Commercial calendars are little cardboard packages with punch out windows for each day. Inside each box is a little bit of candy.

Burda’s twist is little stockings filled with treats. The dates can be embroidered or appliqu├ęd on the front of the stockings.

If I think or find any ideas, I’ll share them as we near the holiday season. Feel free to share any of your own ideas.