Remember when Christmas was homemade ornaments and handmade gifts? Maybe this is the year for Christmas past.

All it takes is a batch of dough and a few cookie cutters… and watch the fun your family can have making stars, snowflakes and other unique tree ornaments, like the gingerbread boy shown here.

While you’re at it, have the kids sign and date each ornament they do. Years from now, they’ll make interesting memories.

It’s all that easy.

And besides Christmas tree ornaments, this recipe can also make inexpensive Christmas gifts like candleholders and breadbaskets. Or open flowers, grow mushrooms, and give shape to just about anything else you can imagine…

Christmas from the cupboard: Salt dough recipe

1 cup Morton salt, 2 cups flour, 1 cup water


Salt dough craft: To make the gingerbread boy

1. First, mix salt and flour together. Then add water, a little at a time. Knead 7 to 10 munites until dough is smooth and putty-like.

2. Roll dough about 1/4″ thick, then use gingerbread boy cookie cutter to cut the basic shape.

3. Roll small pieces of dough for eyes, cheeks, etc. and simply moisten with water to attach. Poke hole at top of head for thread. Then bake on cookie sheet (325 F) till light brown (or let air dry 48 hours on a window screen).

4. When cool, varnish to protect from moisture, or paint any color you like. Then just hang on tree… and enjoy the compliments.


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