DIY Baking Soda and Cornstarch Ornaments

Hello! I haven’t fallen off of the face of the earth, I have just been so busy with holiday activities! Also, my Milo has been a sick little boy for the past 5 days…a little goodbye gift from his last day of preschool, I guess.

Anyway, I wanted to update and let everyone know that I am going to be absent for a little while longer, but I am coming back after the holidays with a new look for Me + Three {and counting…}! I’m really excited for all of the upcoming changes and anxious to see how I manage to stay on top of it all while adding a new baby to the mix.

I will leave you with a one more Christmas DIY project that I completed yesterday. I am not sure if these have another name besides “baking soda and cornstarch ornaments”, so that is what I’m calling them.  These are probably my favorite DIY ornaments because I can be totally lazy and leave them as they are, white and sparkly, or I can paint and decorate them how I want!

Baking soda and cornstarch ornaments

Baking Soda & Cornstarch Ornaments

Makes roughly ten 3″ cookie cutter ornaments

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

2/3 cup of water

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and place over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture forms a ball of dough. Transfer dough to a bowl to cool enough to handle. When dough has cooled, knead until dough is nice and smooth. Roll out to desired thickness of ornaments (I did about 1/4″). Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, use a drinking straw to make holes (for the string) at the top of the shape, then allow them to dry overnight so they can harden. Make sure they are drying on a flat surface and if they begin to curl up, just flip them over to flatten them out again.

Mine took about 12 hours to harden enough for me to paint them. I picked up some Martha Stewart patterning tape along with some of her metallic paint in yellow gold to make the stripes. And you can decorate them however you like! These are definitely going to be an every year DIY ornament project for my tree!

DIY Baking soda and cornstarch ornament

And here’s the {mostly} finished tree! I seriously need a tree topper, but with Christmas being in a week, I don’t think we’re going to have one this year.

rustic christmas tree

Alright, I’ll see you all in a few weeks! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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DIY Rag Ball Bulbs {DIY Christmas}

DIY Christmas

I’m really excited about Christmas this year. Especially since this is our first Christmas in our own home and Milo is old enough to experience all of the joy and excitement that comes along with this wonderful holiday. Also, I have decided that I am going to DIY all of my Christmas tree ornaments, stockings, and most of the decorations! It should be a fun process and by DIYing everything, I will be able to get the exact look I am going for without having to spend all of my husband’s hard earned money at Pottery Barn.

I’ve spent countless nights tirelessly searching Pinterest for DIY Christmas tree ornaments and have narrowed it down to about 10 projects, all of which will be shared here, with my lovely readers!

DIY Rag Ball Bulbs

Now I’m sure you’ve seen a tutorial for a rag ball bulb floating around the DIY section of Pinterest. I read a few of them and decided to cut out a few steps from the other tutorials, so this is what I came up with.

For your supplies, you will need:

3″ styrofoam balls (or you could go bigger). You will find these in the floral section of the craft store.

fabric of your choice (I went with the fabric from my two couch covers and burlap)

scissors

glue

twine

embellishments

Alright people, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Simply cut 6-7 one inch (roughly 12 inches long) strips of fabric for each ball. You can fray the edges by ripping the fabric if it’s thin enough or by pulling the threads from the edges (make sure you are cutting along the grain). Then glue them to the ball.

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Make sure to leave an inch or two at the top so you can tie the strips together with twine. After all the styrofoam is covered with the strips of fabric, cut about 10 inches of twine, and tie around the top to secure all of the strips together. From here you can add the embellishments by stringing them onto the twine and tying a double knot in back to secure again. Then simply tie one more double knot near the ends of the twine so you can hang the ornament! Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

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Come back next week for my November giveaway {which is Christmas-themed!!}

Have a great Thursday!

Also, check out other posts from a DIY Christmas:

DIY Cinnamon Garland