I decided that even though finances are screaming “cancel Christmas” we are going to make it an awesome one and after winning a competition I entered on diaries of a white mom raising a black baby for a trash can kidz doll to put under the tree for Fysh (still in shock and beyond ecstatic, I bought one of those mini skateboards at the factory shop to go with the doll so he’ll be a skater – just like his idol, my brother – and as he’s blonde the doll looks a lot like Fysh) as a gift I’m even more determined that this WILL be a great festive season despite the financial woes.
The great thing about having a kid is that anything they make can be wrapped up and passed on to family members as a gift… so I decided to head on over to my pinterest boards and see if either my things to make or things for Fysh boards had any good ideas… well now…
Clay Christmas Decorations
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water. With an adults help the kids can stir this mixture over medium-low heat. After a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth, mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat. Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth until it’s cool. When it’s cool, knead it on a smooth surface until smooth. Add more cornstarch if it feels sticky.
Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheet. Use a straw to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration. Place them in the oven for about an hour, turning them over halfway through cooking.
When they are done you can paint or decorate them and thread a piece of ribbon, twine or yarn through the holes. We haven’t gotten to this part yet, didn’t want to do everything in one day as we still need something to do next week hahaha…