An easy way to craft ornaments that will last through the years is to use a simple recipe for salt dough. Not only is salt dough inexpensive and easy to make, you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen pantry.
A perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon or evening in front of the fireplace, whip up a batch of salt dough using this simple recipe. Mold it into favorite holiday shapes (stars, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, menorahs and more), and let the kids decorate to their heart's content.
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
11/2 cups hot water
Holiday cookie cutters
Decorations: glitter, paint, beads, ribbon, glue, etc.
Knead the dough and roll it out to desired thickness to cut out shapes with cookie cutters (just like if you were making sugar cookies).
Use a straw to poke a hole in the top of each ornament to create a spot to thread ribbon through for hanging.
Place them on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for about two minutes. Or preheat your oven to 325 F and place ornaments on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Let the ornaments dry and harden in the oven for one hour to 11/2 hours. Paint and decorate as desired. Most of all, be creative, and have a lot of fun!