For the last several seasons, I have finished them with Tim Holtz Distress Stain to create a vintage look.
This year, I’m trying something different.
4 C Flour
1 C Salt
1 1/2 C Warm water
8 -16 oz. White Acrylic Paint (I typically use about 12 oucnes of paint-*only for WHITE ornaments)
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands until a dough forms.
If you are NOT making WHITE ornaments, omit paint and add 1/2 C more water. Either way, you may need to adjust water and flour to achieve a “bread dough” like consistency.
Add the acrylic paint and continue kneading in the bowl, until there is no longer any “loose” paint in the bowl.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and continue to knead, until it becomes fairly smooth and uniform in color.
Roll out the dough, adding a little more flour to the surface and your rolling pin. Roll out to about 1/8 – 1/4 inch thickness.
Use cookie cutters or biscuit cutters for shapes.
Place each cut shape on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Use a skewer to create a hole for the ribbon.
For the ink design, use your favorite rubber or polymer stamps along with a black permanent ink. ( like StazOn)
Gently press your inked stamp into the cut shapes BEFORE BAKING.
Bake at 200 degrees for 4-6 hours.
They are done when they become completely hard.
Above is an example of the ornaments stamped WITHOUT ink.
I took some of the baked, “inkless” ornaments and added some fun mixed media products for color…
MORE on that LATER!
Below, you can see I used a bamboo skewer to create a hole for the ribbon before they went into the oven.
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO POKE YOUR RIBBON HOLES!!
It is best to use a permanent ink like StazOn.
*If you have any edges that are a little rough after baking, a light file with an emery board smooths those right up!
They are SOOOOOO easy, and such a nice & INEXPENSIVE Gift!!
I have a whole tree decorated just with these! -and my hubby liked the Price$!!