a handmade holiday


This year our family made a big decision to forgo gifts. We're all grownups, we all have more than what we need and it just ended up adding unnecessary stress to our lives. The children will of course still be given gifts in the traditional sense but as for us adults we're just going to enjoy the best part of the holidays - being together (and eating all the cookies). 

However, I thought it would be nice and fun for our kids to make some things to give to grandparents and aunts and uncles. We worked on "glitter cards," we rolled our own beeswax candles, made salt dough ornaments and baked cookies. I can't wait to watch them gift these precious boxes to our loved ones, they were put together with so much care. 

Below is a super easy recipe for salt dough ornaments and this is the candle kit we used:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Next mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Once everything has come together make it into a ball. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on the surface you will use for rolling (this is a must to ensure a nice color) and roll it out with a rolling pin. This "dough" will not rise much, if at all, so make them as thin or thick as you like. Use cookie cutters to make whichever shapes you would like and then use a straw to punch out the hole for string. Bake on a non-stick cookie sheet for 2 1/2 hours, or until they have completely hardened. Decorate them or leave them as is! 

*we used "puffy paint" for ours and it worked wonderfully!

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