Jolly Kid Made Salt Dough Christmas Ornament Garland
Do you have children that like to help you decorate? Are you like me and looking for a way to protect your keepsake ornaments and decorations? My kids love to help decorate and I love to involve them but a lot of my ornaments are fragile. The kids and I made salt dough ornaments for another post that will go live later in the week and I wondered what we could do to display the ornaments. Enter our Jolly Kid Made Salt Dough Christmas Ornament Garland!
The kids were excited to do this project this weekend! They are so excited for the Christmas season and have been enjoying all of the holiday activities we have partaken of so far this year. This age is perfect in my opinion – at 5 and 4 both kids are big enough to do pretty much all of our holiday activities.
- Ingredients for the Salt Dough
- Paint Brushes
- Glitter Glue (or actual glitter)
- Bells (optional)
- Garland (any type)
- Ornament Hangers (or ribbon)
- Pick a recipe for salt dough ornaments that you like. We used this one: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/11126/dough-ornament-recipe/. This recipe made 25 ornaments and I actually tossed a small piece of dough in the trash because we had so many.
- Bake the ornaments according to the recipe directions
- Let cool completely
- Paint the ornaments – let dry (or apply glitter if using)
- Insert ribbon, attach bell, and tie the ribbon to create a hanger
- Decorate with glitter glue (if using) – let dry
- Hang up the garland
- Attach the ornaments
My kids had a blast making the salt dough ornaments. They enjoyed painting them and decorating them with glitter glue. The worst part of this project for them (and me) was the waiting and constant inquires if the paint/glue was dry. We let the glitter glue sit overnight and attached the ornaments to the garland the next morning.
They are so proud of their Salt Dough Christmas Ornament Garland! I love that it gives me another area to hang ornaments besides our trees. The kids each have a small tree in their rooms, I have a gingerbread themed tree plus our family tree with our regular ornaments and we are running out of space. I either need to stop acquiring (through purchasing, gifts, and creating) new ornaments or figure out more creative ways to display them.
The finished project is beautiful – I can’t wait to see it lit up tonight when its dark out. I would recommend painting both sides of your ornaments for a more finished product if you have time. With my kids level of impatience that wasn’t in the cards for us.
If you are looking for so more ideas of holiday projects click on the links below for some inspiration: