Thursday, December 26, 2013

baking soda clay ornaments

Hey look at what we made! Some cute Mickey ornaments! Homemade from baking soda and corn starch and lots of glitters! 
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But here is the real story. We actually started this project wanting to make these hand print ornaments. The kids' hands are getting bigger by the minute and I wanted to capture those precious little hand prints while they are still little. Thing were going great - both kids were into the project and participating - but unfortunately, when we woke up the next morning after leaving them out to air dry, we found them cracked. :(
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Luke thinks that we can make more clay and just patch up the crack. I will post final pictures once we get around to it. Hopefully tonight! But luckily, those hand prints were not the only ones we made and the others did turn out okay and we were able to decorate, take pictures, and now show them off here on the blog. :)

If you like to experiment with baking soda clay, here is the recipe I used: 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup corn starch, and 2/3 cup water.
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And the instructions:
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Combine baking soda, corn starch, and water over medium heat. Don't stop stirring. After a few minutes, the mixture will thicken up and start looking like mashed potatoes. Put the clay into a bowl and cover with a wet towel until it is cool enough to handle. Knead the clay until smooth. I suspect that I didn't do this step enough and the reason of the crack. Roll out the clay and use various cutters to cut out shapes. The recipe I used was enough to make two hand prints and all the ornaments in the last picture. Use a straw to make a hole at the top for hanging.
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If you like, bake in a 175 degrees. We did this because we were heating up pizza anyway. Some people bake a lot longer, but pizza was done in 20 minutes so we turned off the oven then. I think we will skip this step completely next time and just let it air dry on a rack.

Next comes the best part - decorating! Use paint, glitter, or leave them as they are. We will probably be finding glitters around the house for the rest of our lives, but had lots of fun.  
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Haha, Luke got roped into doing most of the work and even fixing my mistakes. These Mickeys were all his creativity. 
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Ta-da!!
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We wrapped up the project with several coats of glossy sealant just to seal everything.

I've enjoyed making our ornaments this Christmas and think the chances of us BUYING new ornaments will probably be few and far in between now.  

6 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to do handprint molds but didn't want to pay the $$ for a store bought kit. Pls let me know if you can fix the crack b/c then I'll get cooking/making dough!!!

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    1. Hi Lisa, will do. But you may want to give it a shot anyway! Knead a lot, make it thicker, let it air dry. That should do the trick. Yours might not even crack.

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  2. What cute glittery ornaments! Our girls painted ornaments this year, but we were lazy and went to a paint-your-own ceramics shop. My favorite ornaments are ones that are handmade, gifted, or souvenirs from family vacations. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  3. So cool! I think I even like the crack too - :) Perhaps gluing some felt on the back will help hold them together for years to come...

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  4. Glitter is such a mess to work with, I'm still finding shiny stuff all over the house several days after this project and I'm sure I'll keep finding more weeks from now. But they sure do look nice and doing them was fun. The cracks are all fixed now and looking pretty good.

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  5. I love the handprints. Another project I'll have to do with my kids :)
    And those Mickey ornaments turned out great! - Eva

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