I don’t do a lot of crafts with the boys.  I know I should, especially being a home schooler and all, but frankly crafts stress me out.  Three boys insisting on doing it themselves, glitter flying, paint smearing, scissors flailing…you get the idea.  It’s enough to make me drink {more}.

I decided that the holidays were a good time to go ahead and bust out the glitter and paint and let them have at it.  We are wicked poor and Christmas is on the thin side this year, so home made ornamental gifts from three little angels boys seemed like a *gasp* good idea.

You know what?  It went much better than expected!

I was inspired by this post on KatyElliott.com.   She has fabulous step-by-step instructions and examples of some really beautiful snowflakes.  We didn’t do anything quite as elaborate, but ours turned out really cute.


  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup flour

That’s it.  We doubled the recipe to be sure of having lots of ornaments for the boys to decorate.


Put all ingredients in a mixer and mix until you have a sugar cookie type dough formed.  I then split the lump of dough into thirds and gave each boy their own dough to work with.

On a floured surface, working quickly, we rolled the dough out like cookies to about 1/4″ thick and used our Christmas cookies cutters to make shapes.  We used a tree, gingerbread man and star.  Just keep reworking the dough until it’s all used up.

*Don’t forget to use a straw to poke a hole in your ornament!  Otherwise you won’t have a place to tie the ribbon.

Bake on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper in a 200 degree oven for 4-6 hours to dry.

Once dry, PAINT!

We just used some of Anthony’s tempura paint and that worked really well.  I let the boys paint the ornaments and then sprinkled glitter on them to give them some sparkle.

Once the tempura paint dried, we went outside and spayed a glossy clear coat of paint on them from the hardware store, tied a ribbon on and Viola!