As part of our advent activities this year, I wanted to make ornaments and first on my list were some pretty, white, baking soda ornaments. The recipe is as old as baking soda itself, but I first read of it on THIS RECIPE and THIS RECIPE. I made a few tiny changes (see below), but basically the recipe is the same one your teacher used in Kindergarten back in 1982.
A traditional recipe calls for 2 cups of baking soda, but after making several batches
I realized that 2 cups of baking soda is very VERY close to a full box of this:
Looked at the box and HELLO, it is 16 oz. 16 oz = 2 cups!
SO. grab the small box of baking soda and save yourself 20 seconds of measuring ok?
Step 1 -- Add your 16 oz. box of baking soda to a regular old cooking pot
Step 2 -- Add 1 cup of cornstarch (gently, don't make it "poof" in the air like flour!)
Step 3 -- Add 1 1/4 cup of water
Step 4 -- Stir Gently
Step 5 -- Put your pot on medium high heat and stir stir stir. Don't stop.
The mixture will start to bubble just a little (keep stirring!) and thicken up.
As soon as it clumps up and moves with the spoon (like mashed potatoes), take the pot off the heat and...
PLOP it onto a cool, flat surface.
Cover with a damp cloth until it is cool enough to handle.
We enjoyed working with the warm clay, so use it as soon as you are able!
This clay is soft and has a lovely texture. You can cut it with cookie cutters or a knife,
make impressions with feet, hands and thumbprints or use a letter stamping kit (like THIS ONE) to write words.
Make sure you make a hole in the ornament before baking for a string to go through for hanging.
I used a simple bamboo skewer. Make sure you support the clay while piercing it.
This clay can also be molded free form (we made snowmen!)
Bake at 200 degrees for 30-60 minutes to dry the clay or allow them to air dry.
Some minor cracking may occur, but overall this clay was cheap, lovely to mold and the ornaments turned out beautifully!
If you liked this tutorial, then you might enjoy the BOOK!
Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.
Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden. Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!
Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, POWELL's! (!!!!) Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBound, Alibris, Glose.com, The Book Depository and Walmart.com. Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there.
If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!