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Please <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I want to make some nice, handmade Christmas ornaments, but need some more ideas.<br><br>
Here's one cute one I found;<br><a href="http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10141" target="_blank">http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and...&craftid=10141</a><br><br>
I would love to sew some felt ornaments. Any other ideas?
 

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I used to make ornaments with the daycare kids out of salt dough.<br><br><a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_3560_make-ornaments-dough.html" target="_blank">http://www.ehow.com/how_3560_make-ornaments-dough.html</a><br><br>
I let them paint them. Then I took pictures of all the kids (back in the day before I had a digital camera) and cut out the index print (really tiny pics all on one 4X6) of each picture. I glued them on (we did teddy bears so I glued them on the belly) and then sealed them with clear nail polish. Very cute.
 

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We made salt-dough ornaments last year and the kiddos had a blast. We used all sorts of cookie cutters - gingerbread men, stars, trees - and then painted with regular acrylic craft paint and glitter.<br>
We also glittered pine cones - SO simple and fun. Just a little paint spread on the tips, and sprinkle with glitter - they really look pretty on a tree too.
 

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I just made salt dough ornaments and was coming here to see what to paint them with! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was worried they would "melt" if I didn't seal them first, somehow. Glad I looked!<br><br>
Mine turned out super cool! I ran the dough through a pasta machine, level seven and then layered two pieces. When I cut them out with the cookie cutters that sealed the edges and then they turned out puffed... so really neat, 3-d effect, can't wait to paint them!<br><br>
The recipe I used was:<br>
4 cu flour<br>
1 cu salt<br>
1 1/2 cu water<br><br>
bake for 45 min to an hour at 350<br><br>
(makes a HUGE amount of dough)<br>
Other ideas:<br><br>
Crack open some walnuts and make little pictures in each shell half...<br><br><br>
Old fashioned popcorn garland, with real popcorn threaded on a string<br><br>
Baby socks dyed and decorated to look like little stockings... we have tons of outgrown socks floating around.<br><br>
I bought some red yarn and some green... plan is to blow up a balloon, dip yarn in glue and wrap around balloon, pop balloon when dry... crazy string ball thingies you see all over the place, but in Xmas colors and tree ornament sized.<br><br>
This one I just thought of and haven't tried yet...<br><br>
paint plastic water bottles with plastic paint to look like round gingerbread houses or snow covered holiday type houses... the rounded part going to the top would look a lot like snow on a roof and the rounded part at the bottom like snow piled up and you could even paint the inside and cut out windows... just go nuts!<br><br>
(Dasani bottle is what I'm looking at)
 

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<a href="http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/christmas-ornaments-ms/" target="_blank">http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-cra...-ornaments-ms/</a><br><br>
Here are a bunch of cute ones. The pie-plate ornaments look really nice. We went and got stuff to make those today. Hopefully they turn out as cute as they look <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Here are a bunch of cute ones. The pie-plate ornaments look really nice. We went and got stuff to make those today. Hopefully they turn out as cute as they look <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Ooh, I really like a bunch of those in that link! So far we have made salt dough ornaments (gluten free actually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) which are drying out as I'm typing this, then we will paint them tommorrow. We also are going to make some of those cinnamon dough ornaments, probably in the shape of gingerbread men and hearts, whatever extras we have will be turned into gifts. I am making dried citrus slices tied with red ribbons, the lemons, oranges and limes are in the dehydrator right now.I ended up slicing them with my mandolin slicer which worked perfectly. I plan to use simple satin ribbon or raffia ribbon for all of the ornaments. I'm looking for 1-2 more ornaments for us to make. I want all handmade, non-toxic, unbreakable ornaments this year and our few special other ornaments are being hung up somewhere else besides the tree.<br><br>
Oh, and we still need to figure out where we are getting our tree too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<a href="http://simmy.typepad.com/echoesofadream" target="_blank">She has some lovely ideas...</a> I made some teeny tiny roving angels from her tutorial yesterday, and they're gorgeous <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"><br>
As an alternative to salt dough, we've done snow dough this year that's pure white and sort of crystallised- 2 parts salt, 1 part cornflour and 1 part water, then cook on the hob until it goes thick and lumpy. It's fun to play with, and makes amazing snowmen.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://simmy.typepad.com/echoesofadream" target="_blank">She has some lovely ideas...</a> I made some teeny tiny roving angels from her tutorial yesterday, and they're gorgeous <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"><br>
As an alternative to salt dough, we've done snow dough this year that's pure white and sort of crystallised- 2 parts salt, 1 part cornflour and 1 part water, then cook on the hob until it goes thick and lumpy. It's fun to play with, and makes amazing snowmen.</div>
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That sounds like fun! I'm going to have to try that this week.
 

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Does anyone know the best way to dry fruit to hang for ornaments? I'm thinking oranges, lemons, limes, apples, and star fruit. I found something that said put them in the over for 8 - 10 hours but we have a gas stove and I don't think that is probably a good idea!
 

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This year for ornaments we got christmas themed die cuts and paper decorations and took old cd's and decoupaged the cd's with modge podge. We are also using photos on some of the cd's. Then DP is drilling a tiny hole at the top of the cd ornament so we can hang them on the tree with colorful pipecleaners. We have already made a few and they are lovely!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does anyone know the best way to dry fruit to hang for ornaments? I'm thinking oranges, lemons, limes, apples, and star fruit. I found something that said put them in the over for 8 - 10 hours but we have a gas stove and I don't think that is probably a good idea!</div>
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Why not? If you have a temperature setting somewhere under 200F (mine goes to 170, some go down to 150), it should work just fine in a gas oven. That's what I have. You can either put them in then go to bed, or you can put them in first thing in the morning on a day you'll be home. You'd probably want to turn the house heat down that day, since the oven will warm it up a bit.
 

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You think it is ok for the gas to run that long? I can certainly give it a try! I just figured the house would get all stinky.
 

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Sleeping mouse.<br><br>
I made one whan I was younger and it is the cutest thing ever<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I'll try to post a picture of it later...<br><br>
Half of a walnut shell<br>
1 hazelnut<br>
paint<br>
2 small puff balls<br>
pink string for the tail<br>
cotton ball/s<br>
small piece of fabric for the blanket.<br>
glue<br><br>
-Stuff the walnut shell with the cotton balls<br>
-Cut a piece or yarn or string for the tail and glue it on the inside of the shell to look like a mouse tail.<br>
-On the other end glue a loop to hang on the tree.<br>
-Cut the piece of fabric to the size of the shell and glue it on the edges or tuck it into the shell and glue.<br>
-Glue the hazelnut at the other end of the "bed" for the mouse's head.<br>
-Glue the small puff balls for ears.<br>
-Paint a sleeping face on the hazelnut(or do this before you glue it)<br>
Let dry and hang<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Wooden clothes pins, the kind that don't have a hinge, they just have a round top and a slit in the long part...do you know what I mean? They look like little people.<br>
We painted them in the past to look like Nutcracker characters, adding little tulle skirts for ballerinas and little felt hats for soldiers. This year I made little angels out of them. I cut out snowflake wings and pasted them on, and used tinsel to make crazy long hair. My dd and her friends loved them.<br>
I suppose they could be any sort of person you wish!<br>
You can put a loop on their heads to hang them from the tree, or you can perch them on a branch.
 

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On our list so far (some for us and some for gifts):<br><br>
cinnamon-applesauce ornaments<br>
metal cut-outs made from pie pans<br>
pipecleaners shaped into snowflakes and pentacles<br>
popcorn-cranberry garland<br>
scented/glittered pinecones<br><br>
I'm going to go check out all the links now!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You think it is ok for the gas to run that long? I can certainly give it a try! I just figured the house would get all stinky.</div>
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By gas do you mean natural gas or kerosene or propane? For natural gas, there should be no smell at any time. If you smell it, then something needs repair and fast. I can't speak for the others. I assumed natural gas but then realized that in certain parts of the world that's a wrong assumption.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wooden clothes pins, the kind that don't have a hinge, they just have a round top and a slit in the long part...do you know what I mean? They look like little people.</div>
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That reminds me... once upon a time (when I was a kid) we received from friends some handmade ornaments made from clothespins. They were the old fashioned kind but rather than fully round, they were flat. Put 3 of them together, 2 pointing down, 1 pointing up to make a reindeer. Ours had little felt "sweaters" and gold thread reins.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://simmy.typepad.com/echoesofadream" target="_blank">She has some lovely ideas...</a> I made some teeny tiny roving angels from her tutorial yesterday, and they're gorgeous <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"><br>
As an alternative to salt dough, we've done snow dough this year that's pure white and sort of crystallised- 2 parts salt, 1 part cornflour and 1 part water, then cook on the hob until it goes thick and lumpy. It's fun to play with, and makes amazing snowmen.</div>
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My favorite homemade ornaments that I make are dried orange slices, like this blog has in a photo. I sting the orange on the bottom and then put a couple of nuts with holes drilled through them and some red and cream colored wooden beads. They look super beautiful with lights shining through them. I also recently saw that Trader Joe's sells dried sliced oranges!
 

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What's the best paint to use for the salt dough ornaments? I want them to look very glossy--should I just do water color and then a coat of some type of varnish?
 

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A girl I know from crafster posted her <a href="http://www.xs4all.nl/~hanskeyz/index_bestanden/page0012.htm" target="_blank"><b>site</b></a>, and I have made many of the felt ornaments. They've all turned out really well.
 
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