I know, Christmas has been and gone and we are all gearing up for the new year, but I went offline for most of the week to spend quality time with the kids and just enjoy the holiday season.
The weekend before Christmas I set up a fun holiday craft project for all the kids to do together ... of course the boys ended up not being interested at all, for them this meant they could play video games without interruption, but the girls had a great time.
Note: I had each of the girls make their own dough, so the ingredients listed below are per child.
What you need:
For the dough:
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup fine salt
- 1/2 cup water
- rolling pin
- stamp pads
- Mod Podge
Preheat the oven to 170F - it's the lowest temperature the oven will most likely go.
Combine the ingredients for the dough in a bowl, mixing thoroughly with your hands until it's completely combined and can be rolled into a ball.
On the table I taped butcher paper to contain most of the mess (which worked fabulously until someone suggested a flour fight of course).
I added containers of assorted stamps and stamp pads:
And also a container of cookie and sandwich cutters:
And put out a cutting board for each of the girls along with a small bowl of flour for dusting the board and the rolling pin.
And they rolled ...
And they cut ...
And they stamped ...
And they made a great mess ...
And it was perfect.
Once all of the dough had been rolled, cut and stamped, I used a straw to make a hole for the twine.
Tip: If you twirl the straw as you are pushing it through the dough, the dough will go up inside the straw leaving a lovely neat hole.
Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper and pop it into the oven for about 3 hours. Leave on the counter to cool and continue to harden for a couple of days.
Once completely set, apply a coat of Mod Podge to each side to help protect it. Pop twine through the hole and hang on the tree.
Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season with your family and friends. xo