Hello! Well, I had planned on having this post up yesterday, but I had a little set back when I came home and found that the project I had worked so hard on, was literally falling apart. But then I thought about it it and asked myself, “Well, if I am not here to share projects, even if they don’t turn out the way that I want them, then I shouldn’t share at all probably.”
So here I go:
This is what I was working on (and the ones that DID turn out and this pic is a little blurry, sorry, I will have clearer pics later in the post.) They are dough ornaments, but much whiter than what you would get with salt dough:
This is where I found the project and her’s are so pretty:
Because I found so many of these types of ornaments on Pinterest I did pick and choose the directions I wanted to follow (and THAT is probably where my problems came in.)
So here are the supplies that I used to make the dough:
Here is the recipe that I used:
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water
-Combine in the pan over medium heat and stir constantly until the mixture is getting too thick to stir. This took me about 8 1/2 minutes, but depending on your stove, it could take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.
-Remove immediately from heat when it is almost too thick and keep stirring until it is completely mixed and looks like a dough.
-Place the dough on a plate until it is cool enough to handle. When it is cool enough, knead until smooth. If you are not going to use it immediately, wrap in plastic wrap. (I made my ornaments in batches, so the dough that I was not using, I kept wrapped until I needed it.)
Here are the supplies that I used to make the ornaments (minus the blue cup, I was unable to make a clean crisp cut with it):
Here are the instructions:
Just a few extra tips/tricks:
– I baked the ornaments at 175 degrees for 10 minutes and then flipped them and baked for another 10 minutes. I did this a total of three times. It was okay for the thicker ornaments, but the thinner ones cracked on me and the pure white ones, without any glitter, browned slightly.
-When I used the glitter, the dough was very easy to roll out. When I didn’t use the glitter, the dough stuck to the rolling pin quite a bit and it was tough to keep it smooth. In future, I would add a little bit more cornstarch into the ball of dough and use some to keep the rolling pin coated too.
-In the infographic above, I did not use parchment paper on the cookie sheet. BAD IDEA! The dough stuck to the sheet and was difficult to get off in order to flip over and dry.
-I used two different colors of glitter in two different batches. One was a white, sparkly one and one a gold. Both turned out beautiful!
– I also used shaped cookie cutters to cut out the ornaments, but I liked the simple round ones best. It is all personal preference!
Here are the pictures of each of the different ornaments:
The two on the left were made with gold glitter and the two on the right were made with a translucent glitter.
These were the first ones I made using shaped cookie cutters. I ended up pressing the stamps into the dough too hard and the impressions stayed there from the edging of the stamps. I also wasn’t a fan of how they dried in the oven, they bowed up in the middle.
Here is a close up of the star with the snowflakes. You can see the edges from the stamps.
These were the ones that cracked. They made me really sad because they were some of my favorites.
And these final ones were the pure white with no added glitter. Not really white any more 🙁
For the stamped impressions I used all three of my stamp sets.
I am planning on making more of these and hopefully I will have slightly better results. If you happen to make any, please come back and share, I would love to see them!