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Volume II
December 21, 2007

Porcelain Cookie Ornaments

By Bethany Booth

Homemade Christmas ornaments seem to draw out the silliest and happiest Christmas memories in my family, like the time my 6 year old sister needed more string for her paper plate wreath so she cut off her entire ponytail and glued it to the plate and painted it green!

These porcelain cookie ornaments are a perfect family activity for a cold and snowy, indoor day. You are sure to create lovely tree decorations and happy memories that will both last for years to come.

You will need:
  • Cornstarch dough (most salt dough recipes will work as well)
  • Cookie cutters
  • A straw (to make a hole for hanging)
  • Ribbon or string
  • Decorating materials

    To Make Ornaments:

    1. Make dough:

    Porcelain Ornament Dough
    2 cups cornstarch
    2 cups baking soda
    2 cups cold water

  • Directions:
    In a saucepan, combine cornstarch and baking soda. Gradually add water until the mixture is smooth. Heat, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches a moist mashed-potato consistency.
    Turn onto a plate, cover with a damp towel. Knead dough when cool enough to handle.
    Clay is now ready to shape.

    2. Roll out dough on a floured surface about thick
    3. Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters
    4. Use a straw to punch a hole in the top of the shape
    5. Place shapes on cookie sheet and bake at 225 degrees for 2-3 hours; turning occasionally to avoid curling
    6. Remove shapes from oven and cool for several hours (since these do take a while to bake and cool, we like to make the cut outs before dinner, bake them while we eat dinner, watch a classic Christmas movie while they finish baking and cooling, and then decorate before bed time. It is a great way to spend an entire evening together.)
    7. Decorate!

    Suggested decorating materials:
  • Permanent color felt tip markers
  • Paints
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • White glue

    To make a shiny, glaze-like paint, follow this recipe:

  • Shiny Glaze Paint

    2 tablespoons white glue
    1tablespoon liquid paint or 2 drops of food color
    1-2 drops liquid dish detergent

    Pour glue into ice cube tray or other small containers. Mix your choice of colored paint or food color and use immediately. Paint will dry shiny, as if glazed.

    Hint: when using paint on a smooth surface, such as glass, add a drop or two of liquid dish soap to the paint mixture to help the paint adhere to the shiny surface.

    8. Once glue is dry you are ready to thread ribbon through the hole and adorn your Christmas tree with beautiful homemade ornaments!

    If you store your ornaments in a plastic bag in a cool dark place they will last for years.

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