DIY Scandinavian Clay Christmas Ornaments
This year we have decided to go for a Scandinavian christmas theme and I wanted to make a quick diy ornament to personalise our tree. I found some really sweet christmas cookie cutters at Sainsburys. My favourite is the house shape (it seems that at the moment I have a small obbsession with houses.. !! ) The clay recipe is quick and doesn’t need to be baked for hours like salt dough.
1 cup Bicarbonate Of Soda
1/2 cup Corn Flour
Place all your of ingredients into a pan on a medium heat and stir very well to get rid of all the lumps. Bubbles will start to form and it will begin to thicken. It happens very quickly once the bubbles form. Take it off the heat when it looks like mashed potato (I know it sound weird but trust me it will make sense when you see it). Leave to cool with a damp tea towel over it. Once cool you can now start using the dough. The more you work it the smoother it is. Use corn flour on your surface if it feels like it might stick and then you can roll it out.
You cut out your shapes and move them to a baking tray lined with parchment paper,. Then poke holes with a straw or the end of a paint brush into the shapes for hanging. I kept my design very simple to fit the Scandinavin theme however the dough is very versatile so you can make patterns on it or stamp with ink. The possibilities are endless.
Pre-heat your oven to 160c and bake for 20 mins. They should feel very hard – if not put in for another 10/15 mins. Once cooked let completely cool. Now you can decorate with whatever you want. If you like the natural clay colour you can keep it, however painting it white with paint for a base works well too also using a gloss varnish to seal the paint on the clay. Water colour paint creates a very subtle understated design or you could use a gold sharpee and write a repeated word pattern.