Homemade Flour Ornaments | Budget-Friendly Gift Idea
Before I bundle up and head outside to put the rest of the tulips in the ground this Saturday morning, I wanted to share a quick ornament tutorial!
Yesterday, Bugs and I made fun, memorable ornaments for the tree. I thought they would be fun to share because they are so easy to make, budget-friendly, and adorable! These are perfect if you need a last-minute gift idea for the grandparents or your significant other. You can easily customize them, too! I plan to make a gingerbread version soon and decorate them.They add so much glam to the tree with the gold shimmer. You can customize them with different paint colors, add jewels, sparkles, different shapes, colorful strings, and fun beads.
You can watch my video here to see how I made these!
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE FLOUR ORNAMENTS
4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Salt
1 Cup Warm Water
HOW TO MAKE FLOUR ORNAMENTS
Mix the flour and salt in a bowl.
Pour the water in, and mix with your hands until a dough ball is formed. You may need to add more water if it’s too crumbly and dry, or more flour if it’s too sticky.
The dough will feel like grainy play dough.
I rolled the dough out between parchment paper to keep it from sticking. Press a hand, foot, paw, or cookie cutter into the dough. And then, you can cut it with a pizza cutter or cake scraper.
Since the dough is super salty, wash off your pet’s paw or baby’s hand and foot so it doesn’t irritate. Keep the dough about 1/4 in thick.
I used sugar cookie cutouts with the leftover dough to make pretty ornaments.
Bake for 2 hours on a baking sheet at 250 degrees. They will feel hard as a rock when you take them out of the oven. If they have any soft spots, keep them in the oven longer. The flour will not rise, so you can cram them as closely as needed.
Once they cool down, you can paint them and decorate them with yarn, beads, and anything you like! It would be fun to take your kids to the craft store so they can pick out what decorations they want to add to the ornaments. If found the mini bulbs at Target for $3 for the entire box.
You can get an indention stamp to write things in the dough. I used a sharpie and wrote the dates and names on the backs of the ornaments.
I used metallic gold paint and gold sparkles, and I LOVE how they turned out. I have a lot of gold tones on my tree this year.
The paw prints make me so happy. I can’t believe Tux let me do his paw. I put his next to his photo ♥️
Adding sparkles is a must because they shimmer with the lights. I think hot gluing jewels on there would be cute too. I have many ideas for the next time I make these, which will probably be soon because I need to make some for all the grandparents. I only spent $5 making these since I had everything but the bulbs and string in the house. I could have used yarn I already had, but I fell in love with the green twine at World Market.
The baby’s foot and handprint are something I’m going to cherish forever, especially since it’s his first Christmas.
I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial for homemade ornaments! If you make these, I’d love to see your posts, so do not forget to tag me! xo
Questions for you!
- Do you like making homemade gifts during Christmas?
- What is your favorite ornament on your tree?
- What colors would you make these?
I haven’t seen dough ornaments in ages. I like these more because of the gold metallic look.
Thanks, Lorri! I remember doing them in elementary school!
Oh Taralynn, these are beautiful!! I love the shimmer and shine of these, plus the little bulbs just make them extra festive. It’s also wonderful how easy these seem to be to put together! It’s SO special for you too because you’ll have not just the memories with little Bugs making these, but you’ll always have the ornaments to capture those memories too!
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Thanks, Ashley!!! ♥️
I need to make these with Little Duck. It’ll be a good present for our parents since we’re a little tight on money this Christmas since I didn’t work for 3 months.
I think inexpensive gifts that are homemade and sentimental are so special! ♥️ I hope you have fun making these with your little Duck!
My Mom and I made some many years ago, but somehow my ex-husband managed to keep them. I would love to make some again using your recipe!
You will always treasure these, especially your son’s hand print, footprint, and dog paws. I’m wondering if there is any way you can eventually get them glazed in ceramic so they will last longer. Thanks for the recipe.
Ugh! Such a bummer. Wish you could get those back 🙁
I think someone mentioned putting a hodgepodge over them!