December 1 – Advent Calendar

Every December I pull out our Advent calendar and fill it with fun things to do on each day of December. I will be sharing these items daily with you. All are little money to accomplish (Trust me… we budget every penny with a family of 7)…

Tomorrow, I will post a photo of our advent calendar “house”.

December 1 Advent:

Spend the afternoon making fun Christmas ornalments with your little ones… Make home made doh – Found a GREAT recipe on http://www.ehow.com/how_11092_clay-christmas-ornaments.html

    Make Flour-based Dough

  1. Step 1

    Mix 4 c. flour, 1 c. salt, some food coloring and enough water to moisten.

  2. Step 2

    Mix the ingredients, adding water until you have the desired consistency. The clay should be stiff but still hold together when rolled into a ball.

  3. Step 3

    Store in refrigerator to avoid spoiling. This clay dries hard and can be painted or decorated with markers or pens.

  4. Or, Make Salt Dough

  5. Step 1

    Mix 2 c. flour with 1 c. salt and 3/4 c. water in a deep bowl.

  6. Step 2

    Knead it until it’s doughy.

  7. Step 3

    Add food coloring or glitter.

  8. Step 4

    Add more water if the dough is too crumbly. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour.

  9. Step 5

    Make several batches in different colors.

  10. Step 6

    Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.

  11. Make Your Ornaments

  12. Step 1

    Form shapes by hand or with cookie cutters. Some suggestions are fish, golf clubs, spools of thread, basketballs, soccer balls, a watering can, a camera or a horseshoe.

  13. Step 2

    Place a loop of wire into the still-soft dough to act as a hanger. You will thread ribbon through this loop when the ornament is complete.

  14. Step 3

    Dry the objects in the oven at 200 degrees F for about 10 minutes. They can then be painted.

  15. Step 4

    Use watercolor, felt-tipped pens or poster paint to decorate your ornaments. Glitter, bits of ribbon or other decorative pieces can be added with a touch of white glue.

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