1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
Optional: Instead of using the dough recipe above, you can use Creative Paperclay® which is non-toxic and air dries to a pure paintable white.
2" diameter scallop cookie cutter
Floral wire for hooks, or use ribbon or other type of hanger
Pour all ingredients into a medium saucepan on medium-low heat, stirring consistently.
Stir until the mixture starts to thicken and eventually looks like mashed potatoes, like this:
Remove dough from saucepan and put it in a bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let cool approximately 30 minutes, until dough is at a comfortable temperature to touch. Knead the dough thoroughly to get out any air bubbles. Roll out dough 1/4" thick.
Stamp with a cookie stamp using a rocking motion, then cut out shape using a scallop cookie cutter (shown below).
The picture below shows how the dough can start to crack after a few times of rolling out the dough. To help this, I wrap the ball of dough in a damp paper towel and microwave for 15 seconds. This restores moisture to the dough and helps it to become pliable again.
Once you are finished cutting out your shapes, you can add any type of decorations by making indentations into the dough, or just leave it plain. Place cut out shapes onto a very clean baking sheet (lined with parchment if you prefer).
Make holes in the ornaments for a hanger, or add a hook (as shown below). If you want to add hooks, use floral wire and cut it in 1/2" pieces, bending the piece in half and then inserting it at the top of the ornament, directly into the dough at the top. Let the ornament air dry.
Note: Store unused clay in an air-tight baggie so it won't dry out.
Clockwise from top left:
#026 (1E) – Holly Wheel (1970) now discontinued
#028-2E – Candle Spray (1971) now discontinued
#039 (1E) – Dala Horse (1975) now discontinued
#224 – Santa Lucia (1990) available now
A lovely way to decorate your home for Christmas!