We louvre it when people send through pics of what they’ve been crafting, so a big thaanks to Rebecca for this post!!
First up are her Clay Christmas decorations, using a recipe that’s been doing the rounds on Pinterest:Love the design on them – Rebecca told me she used her headband to do that!
This clay recipe turns out white straight from of the oven, unlike these salt dough ones Ruth and I did. They also don’t look as, er, “rustic”, which some people may prefer!! Ours still have the salt crystals all over them, although I’m pretending that’s some intentional Christmas sparkle…
And for some further kiwi ingenuity, Rebecca also used a dehydrator for the final step in the instructions (below), as her oven is a bit temperamental ^_^
Clay Christmas Decorations
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water. Stir this mixture over medium-low heat. After a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth, mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat. Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth until it’s cool. When it’s cool, knead it on a smooth surface, adding a little more cornstarch if it feels sticky.
Rolling, cutting, and baking
Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheet. Use a straw to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration. Place them in the oven at 175 degrees for about an hour, turning them over halfway through cooking.
Paint or decorate them and thread a piece of ribbon, twine or yarn through the holes.
Rebecca also made some of the Felt Owls that I attempted a little while back. Hers are particularly impressive because she doesn’t have a printer so guessed the pattern!Are the owls congregating around some kind of amazing Advent house?! Love it!!
Very cute – I’m inspired to make more of these now so my one isn’t flying solo on the Christmas tree….
Thanks so much for sending us your photos, Rebecca! We lovelovelove guest posts on Twinterest!!