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 Cinnamon Garland {DIY Christmas}

DIY Christmas

Welcome to the 2nd post of my DIY Christmas! Last week I made some Rag Ball Bulbs with cute little wooden snowflakes. This week, I’ve made a decoration that takes me back to my childhood – cinnamon ornaments {made into garland}! My house smelled amazing as these were baking.

DIY Cinnamon Garland

Cinnamon Ornament Recipe:

1 cup applesauce

1 1/2 cups cinnamon

Preheat oven to 200F.

In a bowl, mix together the applesauce and one cup of the cinnamon. Mix well with a spoon, then add the extra 1/2 a cup a little at a time until the consistency is right. You just need to be able to roll the dough out with a rolling pin, so that is where the consistency needs to be.

On a piece of parchment paper, spread some cinnamon and begin to roll the dough out to about 1/4″ thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Use the end of a chopstick or a skewer or something like that to poke holes in the upper part of the shape(Make sure whatever you are using will make big enough holes for the string to pass through). Bake for 1 -2 hours, or until they are hard.

DIY Cinnamon Ornament Garland

Now your going to string your string through the cut-outs.  I strung together 8 {about 6 inches apart} at a time since I don’t really enjoy super long garland {it gets on my nerves to have to walk around and around the tree while hanging it}. I say wait to do the embellishments until after the string is finished because I had a bit of a hard time getting my twine to go through in one piece.  I made the mistake of not checking to see that the chopstick hole was big enough for the twine to move through, so I had to work around that.

Now you can add whatever pretty embellishments you managed to find. I found these textured sticker things at Wal-Mart {of all places?!}.  Let it dry before hanging on the tree.

DIY Cinnamon Ornament Garland1

Come back tomorrow for that Christmas-themed giveaway I’ve been talking about! And don’t forget to check out the other post from this series:

DIY Rag Ball Bulbs