Craft Dough for Ornaments

Total Time
72hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 72 hrs

My four-year old had great fun with this ornament recipe this holiday season; in fact, we had to make several batches. The ornaments are very smooth, perfect for painting. I had the most success when I halved the recipe and didn't leave it too long to cool, just long enough to handle. While it made perfect smaller ornaments, I had some cracking as they dried when I used the dough to make larger handprint ornaments.


  1. Mix baking soda and cornstarch in a pot.
  2. Add 1 1/4 cold water.
  3. Stir and bring to boil; continue stirring one minute until consistency of mashed potatoes.
  4. Place dough on cutting board and cover w/ damp cloth.
  5. Cool then knead, roll into shapes or cut w/ cookie cutter on waxed paper. (My first batch was a dream to roll, for my second I used extra cornstarch to roll.)
  6. Allow to dry. (I let them air dry on cookie sheets covered with wax paper over several days, turning once a day.)
  7. Paint.
  8. Remember to make a hole to hang on a hook or ribbon.


Most Helpful

I'm giving it a 4 because I had alot of trouble with breakage as the ornaments dried. But this was a fun Saturday project for DD (3) and I and we had fun painting them also. This is good for small ornaments or ornaments that do not have alot of detail, not for ornaments that are more than about 3 inches high.

MsSally December 05, 2007

We used to make these when we were little, but I couldnt remember the exact measurements. Thanks for posting! I remember one year we got crafty and made candy canes by dying some of the dough red and rolling it out like a snake, then twisting with the regular dough to make the candy cane effect, then shape like a cane! It seems like they took a little longer to harden than the regular cut out ornaments. Thanks again for the measurements!

Candace Michelle November 19, 2007

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