Christmas Art- DIY salt dough and felt ornaments

Over the last couple of days my children have worked on making salt dough Christmas tree ornaments and some hand sewn felt star and tree shaped ornaments as well. We started making the salt dough during the day yesterday and painted them last night as they needed several hours to dry out. Once dried out my children used acrylic paints to decorate them and old scrap ribbon and jute twine to hang them on to the tree.

painting salt dough ornamentspainting salt dough ornaments at 3 years of agepainting christmas tree ornamants

making salt dough Christmas ornaments at 5 years
My 5-year-old wanted to get dressed up for the occasion!
salt dough ornaments made by a 3 year old and a 5 year old
Two finished salt dough ornaments made by my two children. One of them is going to be gifted to their Grandma for her Christmas tree.

Making these felt ornaments were rather easier. We used some left over felt and a tree and star-shaped cookie cutter to trace around and cut out two of each shape. As you can see in the photo below, my daughter is sewing the two identical star shapes together only leaving a small gap at the top to push in some stuffing.

sewiing at 5 years Christmas ornamnents

Felst star Christmas Tree ornmanent
A felt star-shaped ornament made by my 5-year-old. She really loves to sew.

simple children's art spaceHere a picture of our updated ‘simplified’ art space. This use to be the space where my children kept most of their toys. I have just re-located them upstairs.

Salt dough recipe; I used the recipe

  • 1.5 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I used olive oil)
  • 2/3 cup chilled water

Click on the above link to see the full recipe. This was our first time making these.

We used a star and Christmas tree shape cutter but if you don’t have any cookie cutters you can use a small round glass to make a circle shape. I left the ornaments in the oven for a little over an hour and then left them to air dry the rest of the time. We also used a stainless steel straw to make a hole at the top of each ornament and jute twine to hang the dried and painted ornaments onto the tree.

Felt ornaments;

  • Felt or another easy to sew material. We just used what we had on hand.
  • shapes for tracing such as cookie cutters or you could draw free hand. We made up a star and tree shape. The tree shape was a but trickier to sew.
  • Thread and needle. At this point, my 5-year-old can thread a needle without any help but my almost 4-year-old needed help with this project.
  • Some kind of stuffing. You could use old pillow or cushion stuffing or scrap material.
  • Ribbon, jute or cotton for example to hang the ornaments.

Edited 19th Dec 2017

Today we finished off making these Peace Dove salt dough ornaments that we worked on over two days. I think they are so sweet! We used the guide over at The Imagination Tree. My 5 year old did the whole process herself, whereas I helped my three year old towards the end to finish it off but he was able to do almost all of it himself.

Childrens Peace salt dough ornamentPeace Dove salt dough ornament

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