When I was 3- or 4-years-old, I remember making star shaped salt dough ornaments much like the ones shown above, with my mother and big brother. I don't know why that particular craft stands out among many others that I did as a child, but it remains one of my fondest childhood memories. Perhaps it was because it was so easy for my little hands to do, and I was incredibly proud that I could make something that looked as good as something a grown-up would do. Perhaps it also stands out in my mind because the ornaments lasted for so long, each year as I hung them on the tree I was reminded of that special time creating with my family. The last of the salt dough ornaments from the batch I'd made at that young age crumbled a few years ago...but that means it had lasted almost 30 years!! That's a pretty good craft, I'd say :) I plan on making them with my own children for the first time this weekend.
These ornaments are fun for yourself or as gifts for friends no matter what special day or holiday you are celebrating, be it Hanukah, Winter Solstice, Christmas or even Easter, graduation, or birthdays, you name it! You can make them any shape you want and for any purpose you want. I still have the salt dough hand print impression that I made in Kindergarden 29 years ago!!
If you'd like to have a go at it, there are some great recipes/instructions and photos via Pinterest here are a few of my faves
Source: katyelliott.com via Billie on Pinterest
This one has a recipe and instructions:
Source: irocksowhat.com via Jennifer on Pinterest