Whenever I look at our Christmas tree, I have to smile. Slowly over the years, all of our beautiful glass bulbs have been being replaced one by one by homemade keepsake ornaments. Our tree is filled with so much love and memories.
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My daughter has been insistent that our tree doesn’t have enough ornaments this year, so we have been working on filling it up. Salt dough ornaments are our favorite. With cookie cutters and paint, there are a million possibilities. We had an idea to press puzzle pieces into our clay to make these “pieces of my heart” ornaments.
Here’s how. We started with a simple salt dough recipe. We rolled out our dough with a rolling pin about 1/4 inch thick. If you roll it out too thin the dough might curl or warp a bit while baking. We used a heart shape cookie cutter on our dough and then pressed one puzzle piece into some and then four into a couple others to represent each member of our family. We made sure to press firmly all the way around to make a good imprint. We used a straw to poke a hole into the top of each ornament.
We baked the ornaments at 250 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Baking times will vary.
When our ornaments were ready, we let them cool completely and then painted them using acrylic paint.
We let the paint dry and then my daughter used a Sharpie to draw pictures of family members and names within the pieces of each of her hearts.
She made several as gifts, but these are two that she made for our own tree. Can you feel the love?
Happy holidays everyone.
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