DIY Applesauce Gingerbread Ornaments & Salt Dough Starfish Ornaments


Hello everyone! I hope you all have been having a fun time getting ready for the holidays with your family and friends, because Christmas is just around the corner in 2 weeks! If you're still working on getting your tree up and hanging ornaments - or - looking for a cheap and quick way to make your own ornaments this season, I have two recipes for you that I did myself this past weekend.

First I made Salt Dough Starfish Ornaments which were super easy to make once I got the recipe down to the exact measurements that I thought would work best.

Ingredients:
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Salt
3/4 Cup Cold Water

So here's the secret...don't use too much water! I made the mistake of adding too much water during round one and had to start completely over with a new batch because the dough was VERY sticky. So make sure to not exceed 3/4 cup of cold water. The listed ingredient measurements will make about 14 ornaments or more depending on the sizes you choose.

Steps:
1. In a bowl combine all the listed ingredients in any order.
2. Mix thoroughly until it becomes dough.
3. Grab a bit of the dough and roll into long pieces. Place on a baking sheet pan.
4. Style the dough to look like a starfish, adding individual dough pieces as needed.
5. Use a plastic straw to make a hole at the top to have for stringing ribbon or string in to hang the ornament.
6. Once you have all the dough starfish on the baking sheet pan, place in the oven at 200 degrees for about 2-3hrs until dough hardens and dries up. -- If you don't want to use the oven for 2-3 hours, you can let the dough starfish dry by leaving them out on the pan, but drying fully would take a few days.
7. If you choose to go the oven route, then right after you're done cooking, wait about 10-15minutes for them to cool down. Then immediately take a spatula and remove the ornaments from the baking sheet pan. If you wait too long to remove them they will be ridiculously hard to get off the pan, so make sure to keep track of time :)
8. Place them on a plate to finish cooling down for the rest of the day. 
9. On day 2, thread string or ribbon through the ornament holes and add any other glitter, paint, etc you'd like! I opted for some nautical twisted jute string and no paint added for a completed coastal feel.



Second made, were Applesauce Gingerbread Ornaments that I just had to try making because I had a gingerbread cookie craving from over Thanksgiving break (not gonna lie). 

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Applesauce
1/2 Cup Ground Ginger
2 TBSP Elmer's Glue

Another secret for this recipe...follow the measurements exactly, or the dough will be a complete fail and be too wet and come apart when you try to use the cookie cutters.

Steps:
1. In a bowl combine all the listed ingredients in any order.
2. Mix thoroughly until it becomes dough.
3. Place wax paper over a cutting board. Then put the dough on top of the wax paper and cover dough with another sheet of wax paper.
4. Take a dough roller and press the dough flat until it's about .5-1 inches thick. Then remove the top sheet of wax paper.
5. Take any holiday cookie cutter and make shapes in the dough while removing the extra dough.
6. Use a plastic straw to make a hole at the top to have for stringing ribbon or string in to hang the ornament.
7. Place the dough cut-outs on a baking sheet pan.
8. Once you have all on the baking sheet pan, place in the oven at 200-250 degrees for about 1 hour until dough hardens and dries up.This is the good part where your house starts smelling like ginger :)
9. Right after you're done cooking, wait about 10-15minutes for them to cool down. Then immediately take a spatula and remove the ornaments from the baking sheet pan. If you wait too long to remove them they will also be ridiculously hard to get off the pan.
10. Place them on a plate to finish cooling down for the rest of the day. 
11. On day 2, thread string or ribbon through the ornament holes and add glitter, t-shirt paint, sequins, etc. I used t-shirt paint and sequins to decorate mine.



Once you're done making and decorating all your handmade ornaments hang them on your tree! Great thing about the applesauce gingerbread ornaments is that they'll stay smelling SO SO good for many months, and when hanging against the lights the smell is even stronger :)

My wall x-mas tree in my apartment :) haha

Hope you all get to make some fabulous ornaments from scratch with these recipes, happy baking!Feel free to post pictures of the ornaments you make onto the ArtSea Chic Facebook page to share with everyone. We'd love to see them!


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