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Old 11-30-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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Recipe for Playdough Ornaments??

Do you all remember when you were little making playdough ornaments that you baked. Does anyone know what the recipe is? I tried googling it and I can't find what I'm looking for. I thought this would be a fun family activity.

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Re: Recipe for Playdough Ornaments??

I am going to use the cinnamon applesauce recipe. It smells soooo good, you might look at it
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:05 PM   #3
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I have done both the cinnamon applesauce and the salt dough ornaments this week. There are different recipes on the web, but the ones I used were:

cinnamon applesauce ornaments: equal parts cinnamon and cheap jarred applesauce (homemade will be too runny), adjust proportions as needed to mix to dough consistency. Then you can shape or roll and cut the ornaments, air dry for five days or slow bake at 250 for about three hours until hard.

salt dough ornaments: two parts flour (plain flour, not self-rising) to one part salt, and roughly one part water. You will need to adjust the amount of water depending on your type of flour, the humidity, your altitude, etc. to get it to the right dough consistency. You can also add food coloring, koolaid packets, or any sort of coloring but it may affect the water/flour proportions. Then you can shape or roll and cut the ornaments, air dry for five days or slow bake at 300 for about 1.5-2 hours until hard. I've also read you can microwave them one minute at a time until it sets, but I have not tried that myself.

Of course neither of these are edible, and the salt dough might even make you sick or kill animals if they consume too much. Safety first!
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:19 PM   #4
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Re: Recipe for Playdough Ornaments??

Thanks so much! I couldn't remember enough to figure out what they were called. I think I'll be making the salt ones. I only have homemade applesauce. I'm sure they would smell really yummy though.
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Re: Recipe for Playdough Ornaments??

The salt dough is commonly used with kids, but I remember my mom using a recipe that mainly used cheap white bread. There are several books you could look for at the library, my favorite is I Can Make A Rainbow Sadly, I loaned mine to my aunt and haven't seen it since!

From Preschool Art, Soap Clay
2 cups white gelatin detergent flakes (Ivory Snow)
2 tablespoons water
food coloring, optional
bowl for mixing.

Put soap in bowl, add water/colored water gradually while mixing and squeezing with hands until soap forms a ball. Use like clay, let finished product dry & use like a bar of soap.

Might not be the best ornament, but what great gift for Grandma!
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Re: Recipe for Playdough Ornaments??

i'm gonna try this one
1 cup cinnamon
4 TBS white school glue
3/4 - 1 cup water

mix into dough,roll and cut
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Re: Recipe for Playdough Ornaments??

Oh gosh, I remember those. I forgot all about them. I have been using polymer clay, but what a GREAT idea, especially for little ones!
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Re: Recipe for Playdough Ornaments??

I took a pic of the ornaments we made with the different doughs on post #3:

The cinnamon applesauce ornaments were slow-baked, one is rolled and cut and one is freeform shaped. The three salt dough ornaments, they were all slow baked. The green one is the side facing the pan when baked, the pinkis the side facing up when baked, the other has no food coloring in it at all. And I didn't have plain flour, I only had AP flour so it may have affected how it is supposed to look but they look fine to me. None of the ornaments are painted, varnished, or otherwise decorated - they are just plain and tied with ribbon. We aren't planning to save these for posterity, we plan to do this every year instead.
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cinnamon applesauce ornaments: equal parts cinnamon and cheap jarred applesauce (homemade will be too runny), adjust proportions as needed to mix to dough consistency. Then you can shape or roll and cut the ornaments, air dry for five days or slow bake at 250 for about three hours until hard.
I love this one. We have some of these that are 12 years old. Every year we just add a bit of cinnamon EO to refresh them.
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