So these can take as much or as little time as you like. The only real time consuming bit is letting them dry. Yes, I’m talking about handmade ornaments. We tried the normal salt dough ones but just couldn’t get them to work. They’d get puffy or brown or burn or just be flat out weird. So we moved on to the simpler cinnamon applesauce recipe. Apparently I’m not ready for pre-K yet.
Literally, equal parts cinnamon and applesauce. Add more cinnamon if it’s too gooey, more applesauce if it’s too dry. Roll out, cut, and bake or let air dry. We opted for baking at 200* for about four hours I think?
She was not amused at the fact this was not cookie dough.
She got a chunk of dough she just kept cutting out the same shape over and over. But hey, she was amused and not yelling at me. Win!
Marion got to do everything herself
Even the stirring. And it took a while.
After this holiday season, girl is an expert dough maker
Although perhaps letting the child with the cinnamon allergy make cinnamon ornaments wasn’t our best parenting decision. Luckily, it’s just a contact allergy, but um, awesome parenting on our part.
They dried and we hung them on the tree, then I remembered I had glitter and a stay at home four year old today. BAM!
I set Marion up with a garbage bag spread out on the counter, Modge Podge, a foam brush, and glitter. Um, the only glitter I had was from thanksgiving crafts but the colors looked good with the cinnamon color I think.
Cover the ornament with Modge Podge
Shake liberal amounts of glitter. And I do mean liberal.
This might get a little messy but miraculously, everything stayed either on her hands or the trash bag. The hands got washed; the trash bag thrown away. Clean up was practically non existent.
After the Modge Podge dried, I sprayed them with some clear coat spray paint to keep the glitter from ending up all over the house.
She got super fancy with mama’s ornament and I got all three kinds of glitter at once!
I love this kid.
And so what did I do with all my free time while she was busily crafting?
Quick dried my nails with Pam spray. Like 101 Pinners on Pinterst told me I could.