As a special end of year celebratory treat we like to make a little Christmas gift to share with our classmates. Last year we made White Dough Star Ornaments. This was by far the cheapest and my favourite gift we have ever made! Judging by the popularity of this blog post, I am guessing lots of other people loved it too!
So I wanted to give you an update. An after the fact recount AKA what I learnt and a quick HOW TO.
Traditionally dough ornaments are made using a “Salt Dough” recipe. This is an easy way to make the ornaments and you get a very natural appearance as a result. But I wanted WHITE!!!! After some research on google, and advice from the ever helpful “The Organised Nest” Facebook flock. I found a new recipe! I have adapted it slightly for Australians and this will create enough dough for about 16 small ornaments.
These ingredients are cheap, cheap, cheap! After some trial and error I found that the Wooloworths Homebrand ingredients work just as well and are literally half the price. BUY the Homebrand Ingredients from Woolworths and this recipe costs you less than $2!!! I mistakenly bought the branded items and it cost me about $6 which still isn’t too bad! Win Win!
Nothing says thoughtful like a personalised gift. We stamped each classmates name on the ornament using a Wiltshire “Cookie Stamp” Kit from Big W.
Last year this Kit was found in Big W in the Cooking/Kitchen Utensil aisles, it retails for about $18.
The kit contained some predesigned messages (Thank You, I Love You etc) and then a whole heap of individual letters for you to design your own messages. This is seriously one of my favourite purchases and I have already used it over and over again!
The ornaments once dry are ready to go but personally I like to lacquer the finished product. For longevity and to hopefully make them look even better! You can find a simple spray on lacquer at Masters/Bunnings/Spotlight.
I usually buy the bulk lots of resealable clear bags from the dollar stores but then I stumbled across these beauties. In the Party aisle of Woolworths and they are the PERFECT fit.
I wrote a little poem and turned it into a bag topper just using some cardboard.
Now they are ready to deliver! Made easier if you have an extra cute delivery elf like this one! Oh I hope this Christmas dress still fits her this year.
There you have it. A cheap, easy, thoughtful gift for any occasion really but especially nice to spread some joy this Christmas.