Learn how to make scented salt dough Christmas ornaments with this easy DIY. And your little ones will have fun helping you too!
This morning was a rainy and chilly one. A perfect day for staying in our pajamas and adding some touches of Christmas throughout the house. So we made homemade salt dough ornaments. I had never made them before but they were really easy to make. The kids loved helping roll out the dough and playing with the cookie cutters and the house smelled like Christmas. Salt dough ornaments look great on the tree, you can add to a garland, or paint them and use as gift tags.
Homemade scented salt dough Christmas ornaments
You will need:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup of water
3 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
Optional 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I did a blend of Eucalyptus and Orange)
Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl mix together flour, salt and spices. If you choose to add some essential oils, add those in as well.
Add in 1 cup of water
Mix well until dough comes together. It should not be sticky.
Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.
Use some cookie cutters to cut out your ornaments.
Make a tiny hole on the ornaments using a straw.
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 1 hour then flip and bake for an hour on the other side.
Fall is by far my favorite time of year! This past week I started adding some fall decor throughout our home. One of my favorite places to switch out the seasonal decor is our fireplace and mantle as it is the focal point of our family room. (You can see my post on how we whitewashed our fireplace here). I am in love with the way my mantle decor came out featuring this easy DIY fall garland. It was super inexpensive to make too as most of the things can be found at the Dollar Store.
Below I’m sharing my DIY fall garland and mantle decor so that you can
recreate the look too!
DIY Fall Garland
You will need:
faux leaves (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
Whatever else you want. Wooden beads would be cute too!
Thread the twine through the eye of your needle and tie a knot at the end.
Using your needle, puncture a hole through the leaf and thread the twine through. Next do the same with your foam pumpkins and acorns. You will need to exert a decent amount of pressure to thread the needle completely though the foam pumpkins and acorns.
Continue with whatever pattern you choose.
Once finished, cut the needle off the twine and tie each end.
Hang on your mantle, windows, doorways, or wherever you’d like.
I chose to go with more of a fall/harvest theme with pumpkins, leaves and flowers vs Halloween since I can keep it up throughout Thanksgiving but you can do whatever you like. And most of my mantle decor was $30 or less!
Click the links or thumbnail photos below to shop!
The farmhouse window panes and boxwood wreath stay up all year long and then I usually just switch out the other pieces as the seasons change.
I got the glass vases and faux flowers from the Dollar Store.
I love these black tapered candlesticks which you can leave up throughout
When I think about summer I think about the smell of sunscreen, playing outside all day, eating endless watermelon and popsicles and bubbles. My kids love bubbles. It will occupy them for hours. At the beginning of every summer, I buy bottles of bubbles and usually after a few days, they end up getting spilled all over the deck. Using only 3 ingredients that you probably already have at home, you can whip up a big batch of this easy homemade bubble solution with my recipe below. I’m also sharing how to make your own bubble wands.
(For more summer activities and ideas be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post and check out some other of my blogger friends I’ve teamed up with!)
Easy Homemade Bubble Solution
6 cups of water
2 cups of dish soap
3/4 cup of corn syrup, glycerine or sugar
In a large gallon jug, pour the water, dish soap and corn syrup (or glycerin or sugar) stirring until well combined. Let it sit overnight.
Pour into separate smaller bottles or set up a large bubble station outside with some bubble wands (showing you how to make your own below)
Homemade Bubble Wands
You will need:
pipe cleaners or a thick wire
scissors or wire cutters
This is a great activity for your kids to do on their own. I made a few wands ahead of time and laid them out to show as an example. You may need to be close by to help with the cutting.
Tip – I found that a thick wire (old wire hangers are great!) work better than the pipe cleaners. Eventually the pipe cleaners got soggy from the bubbles and didn’t hold up as well.
This morning I was looking for a fun sensory activity that would occupy both a baby and a toddler. Let me first of all preface this by saying that not every day of quarantine has been like this morning. Some days we get crafty and have little projects but mostly I’ve been perfectly ok with the kids having screen time. (Hey whatever works right?) This morning though I was feeling all “pinteresty” and we made homemade edible playdough.
I’m sharing my recipe below on how to make homemade edible playdough using ingredients we already had on hand.
How to make homemade edible playdough
1 cup of canned frosting
2 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar
In a mixing bowl mix together the frosting and confectioners sugar until dough becomes crumbly and slightly lumpy. (This is how the dough will look)
Add in sprinkles if you want to make it a little more colorful
Roll into balls and play!
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.
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