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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bi Carb Cornflour Dough Ornaments {Advent and Place Settings}


Initialed Place Settings:





Advent Calendar Numbers:


^^ More info to come regarding this years advent :)



It has been a while since I'd made some ornaments with this dough - but its good.

BiCarb Conflour Dough:

2 c. baking soda
1 c. cornstarch (cornflour)
1 1/4 c. cold water

(You can easily half the recipe)

Mix soda and cornstarch together, in a saucepan, blending well. Add the cold water and mix well until mixture is smooth. Cook on medium heat for 2-4 mins until it has consistency of moist mashed potatoes. Stir constantly. Spoon out on a plate. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to cool. 
Knead dough and roll out on waxed paper. Cut out designs with a cookie cutter or shape by hand. 
If you want to hang these poke a hole with a tooth pick, straw while soft. 
Let dry until hard, 1 or 2 days.  
After letting ornaments dry for 2 days all I did was use a fine tip felt marker to draw designs on.

Previously I was impatient and cooked the dough which made it have a bit of a yellow hue. This time I made my ornaments well ahead of time and let them dry for 2 days instead and the dough was much whiter and turn out much nicer.


I started out just making tiny ornaments with words on it - these stars are 3-4 cm.
Then I thought ohhh these would make great personalised initialed place settings for Christmas dinner
Then I thought oooohhhh these would make great number markers for an advent calendar 
Next minute a hundred ornaments with the same pattern and here we are!

I wanted to mix up my patterns a bit and try other designs but I was happy with the wreath which is so easy and turned out the best - anything else not so much maybe I'm not as artistic as I think. The wreath is so easy. Everyone can do it. Draw a circle then make little leaf shapes facing down direction from both sides of circle.


Sorry if your eyes get sick of seeing it :)








^^ By my 9 year old.


Enjoy making hundreds of ornaments for your tree, place settings, advent calendars, as gift tags etc.


It's officially November and its officially time to start showing Christmas things! Someone made fun of me back in September saying I can't believe you are making christmas ornaments! Are you crazy! Sometimes I feel like the slowest person on earth. People might think I'm a crazy Christmas Lady but I'm not really. 

I'm just really, really slow.

I don't do late nights. I don't do all nighters. I don't do party stress. 

So that means I need to start... Last year lol.

We have 4 handmade family traditions - placesettings, ornament, advent and a homemade gift. 

I gotta start early or I'd never be done.



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