Got crafty kids?  Want to take advantage of their creativity and make some Christmas ornaments?  Ornaments that would double as perfect grandparent gifts?  Then you have come to the right place!

Grab 1 cup of cornstarch, 2 cups of baking soda (about one box) and 1 and a half cups of water.  Mix the ingredients until smooth.  Cover and cook on medium low heat.  Stir the mixture occasionally.  Once you reach the consistency of mashed potatoes remove from the heat and cover.  Let it cool, until little hands can handle it.  You’ll want to kneed the clay until it’s nice and smooth.  Then you have two options, roll the clay out like you would cookies and cut out fun shapes, or let your kids mold the clay into whatever they can imagine.  We usually do both!  Don’t forget to add holes at the top of the ornaments so you can easily add ribbons to hang them on your tree!

While the modeling and or cutting is taking place pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees.  When all of the ornaments are made stick them into your preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until they are hard!  Once they are hard let them cool over night.  In the morning dust off any remaining powder on the ornaments and bust out your most trusted brand of kid safe paint. 

Don’t forget to write the name of your child and the year on the back so you will remember how old they were when they made these.  We like to tie them onto wrapped presents that are destined for grandma!  They make the most adorable gift tags that grandma can keep forever!

-Stephanie Wright

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