DIY Baker’s Clay Present Toppers/Ornaments
Bare with me here… I realise I’ve done a huge jump from blogging about ice lollies to present toppers but I’m going to completely justify this on the fact that I am a crazy Christmas lady. I RELISH in wrapping presents, hanging mistletoe and baking all the mince pies during the festive period but I know for most Christmas doesn’t properly arrive until December 1st (although the shops are already adorned with baubles and greetings cards!) BUT these cute little tags can be used all year round! They’d look adorable on a wedding gift, birthday pressie or strung on to some twine to make some cuteeee bunting… am I right?
When I was a lot younger, I used to love making salt dough ornaments for the Christmas tree, painting them in unsightly poster paints that probably merged in to a colour not dissimilar to manure. In retrospect, as much as my more loved them and praised us for such making such a ‘beautiful’ creation, she probably begrudged hanging them on her carefully colour-coordinated tree – sorry Mum!
BUT! This is the good bit, this recipe makes perfectly white clay, which stays that colour even when baked! Salt dough often tends to have quite a yellow-y hint to it but there will be no yellow-ness here! It’s a (Christmas) miracle!
What you’re gonna need:
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 cup of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
1/3 cup-ish of tap water
A straw to pierce holes in to your ornaments
Cutters of your choice (I picked out a star and a moon and a round cookie cutter although only ended up using the star)
And it’s as simple as that!
Lets do this:
- Measure out your ingredients and pour in to your saucepan, combine them with a wooden spoon – the baking soda and corn starch will dissolve quickly and you will be left with a milky coloured liquid.
- On a medium heat, stir the mixture constantly with your wooden spoon whilst it combines. The mixture should start to bubble and fizz, this is normal and quickly after this, the liquid will turn in to a dough.
- When the mixture starts to come away from the sides of the pan and form a ball (like in the picture above) take the pan off the heat and leave to one side to cool down. It’s important to take your pan off the hob fairly quickly or else you’ll lose to much water and your dough will be too dry and crumbly to roll out.
- Once the dough is cool enough to touch, take it out of the sauce pan and roll in to a ball. Cover the ball in cling film and leave to cool completely.
- When your dough is ready, you can roll it straight on to a surface without laying down any flour.
- This is the fun bit! You can start cutting out your shapes. As you do so, place them on a lined baking tray and remember to pierce holes in your ornaments if you’re planning on hanging them on a tree, using them as bunting or making gift tags.
- Once your tray is full, pop it in a low oven set to a low temperature. Remember, you aren’t baking the dough, simply ‘setting’ it. Keep an eye on the oven and flip the shapes if needs be until they are solid. Alternatively, you can leave the shapes to air dry although this would take A LOT longer (around 3 days!)
I love how organic and handmade these little tags look. Although they don’t act as a traditional tag which would usually have a name written on it, I think it makes for a very cute and minimalist looking gift which I personally LOVE. Stuck down with a bit of white tape on a brown paper package and some silver ribbon, anyone would be happy to receive this on Christmas morning! And there is 100 more possibilities for what you could do with these little guys!
Do you have any tricks you like to use whilst wrapping gifts? I’d love to hear about them or if you’re going to try out this DIY. Expect a lot more christmas wrapping DIYs in the coming months too – I’ve unleashed my inner crazy with this post haha!