Easy, bright, white clay dough ornaments for kids to make with baking soda, cornstarch and water.
The hooligans LOVE playing with dough! And now that the Christmas season is drawing near, we’re doing Christmas dough activities! Last week it was our Christmas Playdough Cookie shop, and this week we’re making White clay dough ornaments for the kids to take home and hang on their Christmas trees.
Recipe for White Clay Dough:
This particular white clay dough is really easy to make. It’s The Imagination Tree’s Recipe for White Clay. It takes only two ingredients: baking soda and cornstarch (known as corn flour in the UK). It’s easy to make, and it dries snow-white, making it perfect for these simple tree ornaments.
- 1 cup baking soda (bicarbonate Soda)
- 1/2 cup corn starch (corn flour in the UK)
- 3/4 cup of warm water
Mix dry ingredients in a cooking pot, and add water. Stir over medium heat until it starts bubbling and pulling away from the sides of the pot. It will begin to form a substance similar to playdough, and that’s when you remove it from the heat.
Let it cool a bit, and then remove from the pot, and knead it into a soft, supple ball of dough.
Feel free to add glitter to the kneading stage like The Imagination Tree did.
What to do if your dough is too wet?
If you happen to add a little too much water, as I did (that happens when you’re cooking with 4 kids), simply toss a little extra baking soda on the counter top and knead it into your dough until it feels right.
Tools for making white clay ornaments:
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- flexible cutting mat (as a work surface)
- Christmas cookie cutters
- toy rolling pins
- pony beads
- craft jewels
- drinking straw
- cord or ribbon for hanging
Making your ornaments:
Roll your dough about 1/4 inch thick, and use a cookie cutter to shape your ornament. A drinking straw is an easy way to make a hole in a dough ornament.
Decorating your ornaments:
Gently press your beads and jewels into your clay. Deep enough to embed the bead or gem, but not so hard that it goes through the other side.
The younger hooligans enjoyed making “worms” and “balls” before getting down to business. The older girls however, were all about cutting and decorating.
Drying your clay ornaments:
Transfer your ornaments to a cookie sheet and allow them to dry fully before hanging them on your tree. You can place them in the oven set on low heat for a couple of hours. We just leave ours sitting by the fire overnight.
When they’re completely dry, add your ribbon or cord, and hang on your Christmas tree!
Pretty aren’t they?
Other ways to decorate your white clay dough ornaments:
The ornaments we made are very basic. To jazz them up a bit, you could glitter or paint your ornaments, or press them onto a patterned surface for an embossed effect.
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