Friday, 6 December 2013

Homemade Christmas: Cornstarch Dough Ornaments

I love Christmas! I love decorations, songs and the food. And spending quality time with family doing nothing special but hanging out in the same room being lazy eating, reading or watching movies. One thing I especially love at Christmas is homemade things. Whether it is food or gifts - that just makes Christmas more personal and so much more fun. Yes, when I am crazily knitting away to finish a gift on time that isn't fun, but it always feels so good to give someone something you baked or crafted with them in mind.

I hope to pass on that sentiment to Jack and there's nothing more fun for little ones then being proud of something they made "by themselves". Jack "made" ornaments at one month old of his toe prints to share with family so they could remember how tiny he was! (Yet not tiny enough to fit his big fat foot print on an ornament so we had to resort to toe prints!) this year we got funky and made another baked dough ornament that he could paint, which is his latest creative expression of choice.  I won't post the final products because some of my readers are receiving them this Christmas and I don't want to spoil the big reveal. But I did want to share the recipe and results with everyone now so you can make some of your own! They're fabulous!

The recipe is very simple and straight forward to make. Two big downsides to it are: it's stinks when baking and you have to touch cornstarch. Okay, the second one may not be a downside for many of you but I loathe the texture of cornstarch which just goes to show you how much I love this kid. 

Cornstarch Dough

1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Cornstarch
2/3 cup of water

Combine in a pot and bring to a goopy boil. Stir constantly because it very quickly turns into a big goobery blob that is like play dough or mashed potatoes.  Remove from heat, spread out on a countertop or parchment paper and let cool for a few minutes. You want to work with it at a warm temperature but not really hot (too sticky) or cooled right off (crumbly). 

From there it is just like baking cookies, roll our flat, cookie cutter how you want them, place on a baking sheet and bake at 250F until hard (ours took 45 minutes). I also let them cool off in the oven so they wouldn't crack. 

When we rolled ours out (the amazing mommy/toddler team struggled to share this task) we did an extra step to texturize our mittens with a "knit like" quality. I knit up a little swatch while he was napping and we used that to give them a knit look and it really highlighted his painting skills later on.

He so  loved the painting of the many mittens - and the fact that he helped make them :)!

1 comment:

  1. Jack - Next time get Mummy to make mitten cookies. Yum! I know at least three of your Nanas who have a recipe ... That said, I hear there is no shortage of cookies at yuor house

    Love Grampie