I know, I know! Christmas is over and we are all a little sick of ornament ideas, but I am going to post this anyway.  I had planned on posting this before Christmas, but my new-baby-blogging-break went on a little longer than expected, and I just know that if I don’t post this now it will never get posted.
Plus, I love it, and I hope you do too!
I had the joy once again this year of having a new baby for Christmas.  Above is a picture of her on Santa’s lap at a family Christmas.  Already she has grown so much, and I wanted to remember how precious and little she was this first Christmas, so with the help of salt dough, I made an ornament to commemorate it.
If you haven’t worked with salt dough before, it is super easy.  Just mix, roll, stamp and bake.  Here is the recipe I used:
4 cups flour
I cup salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
Once you have your dough rolled out, use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.  Then, take your little one’s hand or foot and simply press it into the dough.  Make sure you make a good impression.
Next, bake at 325 for one hour.
When the ornaments are cooled, add paint and an inscription on the back.
Here are the ornaments I made, for my son on his first Christmas last year, and for my daughter this year.
I think the gold worked better.  But, regardless, I am excited to have these ornaments for my children.  As a kid I always loved putting the ornaments on the tree, and hopefully my children will have fun putting these on the tree and marveling at how very little they were when they celebrated their first Christmas.
As always, thanks for being here,

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