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DIY Tutorial: Dough Ornaments

December 22, 2014

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Christmas is round the corner! Here’s a quick tutorial for some simple cornstarch dough ornaments you can make from home, be it to hang on your tree or to add a little personal touch to your gift wrapped presents.

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Materials / Ingredients:

  • Cornstarch / Corn Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Cookie Cutters
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Straw / Awl
  • Paint of your choice

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Step 1. Mix 2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of cornstarch in a pot.

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Step 2. Add 1 and a quarter cup of water to the powder mixture. Mix it till it becomes runny and place it on a stove over medium heat.

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Step 3. Stir the mixture constantly. Once it thickens, it’ll start to form a dough.

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Step 4. Place it in a bowl covered with a damp paper towel and let it cool. Do not attempt to roll it out now as it’s extremely hot inside!

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Step 5. Once cooled, knead the mixture till it’s smooth and roll it out. Keep it below half an inch thick or the ornaments will crack when dry.

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Step 6. Prep your cookie cutters and have fun with them! Remember that you can always knead the remaining dough into a ball and roll it out again when you’re out of space on your current piece. If you’re using them as ornaments, use a straw or awl to create a hole out of the dough.

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Step 7. At this stage, you can choose to let it air dry or bake it in an oven. It’s recommended to air dry for 24 hours but I left mine for about 2 days. The humidity in the air affects the drying process. Otherwise, you can bake them at 160 degrees celsius for 30 minutes on a baking sheet, but they do brown a little in the oven.

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Step 8. Once dried, you can paint them using acrylic or spray paint. Use tapes to create different designs too!

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Step 9. String your ornaments and they’re ready to go!

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