DIY Christmas Ornaments (And Great Neighbor Gifts)
Here are a few simple ornaments that you can easily make yourself and they can be great neighbor gifts!
Look at the Candy Cane
Simply print, paste onto Christmas paper, tie onto a candy cane with a bit of string or ribbon and voila!
Cinnamon Ornaments (with or without glitter)
1 C. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. ground nutmeg
2 Tbsp. ground cloves or allspice
2 Tbsp. school glue
1 C. applesauce
1. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl, adjust ingredients if dough is too wet or dry. Knead a few time then roll out to 1/4-1/2" thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, use a straw to make holes to hang the ornaments, and place on parchment paper on top of baking sheet.
2. Bake at 200 degrees (F) for 2-3 hours until hardened. Let cool, seal a few times with mod podge on both sides then tie with ribbon and hang on the tree!
p.s. It may smell a little funky when they first start baking, probably because of the glue, but after a little while the spices take over and your house will smell amazing! Oh, and be sure to not take a big breath when you pour the cinnamon into your mixing bowl...learned that the hard way! :)
DIY Mod Podge
-Simply mix white glue with warm water at a 50/50 ratio, mix well and store in airtight container.
These are so much easier to work with that salt-dough ornaments and they are so much prettier! I just love them! You could get quite creative with these ornaments and pass them around to your neighbors - it would probably be a nice break from all the sweets that get passed around this time of year. Here's a link with the recipe & instructions:
"Let Him In" Key Ornament
I just helped assemble quite a few of these to pass out to our Relief Society ladies and I must say that I absolutely love this ornament. The message is beautiful and I have been in love with skeleton keys ever since I first read (and watched) The Secret Garden. You can find skeleton keys in bulk on several sites; I recommend searching on Etsy, eBay & Amazon. Aside from the keys you will need some scrapbook paper, double-sided tape, a hole punch, ribbon & card-stock to print the poems on. You can find everything you will need to print here for free!