Dough For Holiday Ornaments

Jo Zimny Recipe

By Jo Zimny EmilyJo

the artist in you
20 Min
2 Hr

I put this under breads because I had to choose a category for this recipe for it to post. They are not edible once done so please don't eat them!!! These are fun to make with your kids too.
Just "make, bake and decorate".

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1 c
2 c
1 c
2 Tbsp
vegetable oil
water based paints

Directions Step-By-Step

Place dry ingredients into a bowl, add the water and oil, then stir till blended.
Once the dough holds together make it into a ball and knead it with your hands to make a smooth texture.
Place the dough on a cutting board and using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a pancake shape. Role it out a bit thicker than you would for regular cut out cookies.
Using cookie cutters, your fingers or a knife if you're skilled enough cut out the shapes you want.
Punch or carve out a hole into the top of the ornament so you can put a thread or metal hanger through it to hang on the tree or where ever you feel like putting it.
Bake at 250'F for 1-2 hours.
Once cooled paint with the water based paints. I'd use acrylic paint on these. You can also use clear glue and use glitter as well.
Thread a string, ribbon or metal hook through the hole and hang on your place of choice. These are reusable..
Have fun!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Donna Roth LuvnMom
Sep 3, 2010
Another crafty fun recipe. Will have to try it with my kids.
Jo Zimny EmilyJo
Sep 4, 2010
This one you can bake and once it hardens it is paintable. Just don't drop them, they can break or chip. Hope you enjoy them!
Bonnie Difino Bonnie55
Apr 17, 2011
This is a great. I have done Christmas ornaments with a similar recipe. However, I will try it with the vegetable oil. I also use the smaller size paper clips cutting them with a wire cutter to make a hanger that is inserted into the dough before baking. This gives you the 'hook' to use your ornament hangers easily.
Jo Zimny EmilyJo
Apr 28, 2011
This sounds great Bonnie, I like your idea with the paper clips. I've found some hooks to hang ornaments are too flimsy, bet these aren't.
Bonnie Difino Bonnie55
Apr 29, 2011
Not flimsy at all. In fact they work better than the hooks on the store bought type ornament. My granddaughter thought it was great because she got to use my small wire cutters that I use for crafting. They also give you something to hold while you paint them.
Pam Ellingson wmnofoz
Aug 31, 2011
You need to post it to Non edibles category too. :) Looks like a fun project for me to pass on to my niece for her two boys to try.
Claudia McClaran cjmcclaran
Dec 29, 2012
A friend who used to make and sell bread dough ornaments professionally taught me how to make these more than 30 years ago, when our children were small. I don't remember having oil in the recipe, but I also think that we had to bake them on waxed paper to keep them from sticking to the pan. We molded the dough by hand, like you would clay or playdough, to make 3 dimensional Christmas ornaments and also used the halved paper clips for hangers. We actually used food coloring to tint the dough before shaping the ornaments (make extra dark, the food coloring will lighten during baking) and used a garlic press to make hair on figures. Of course, the thicker dough required a longer baking time, I can't remember how long we baked it, but it was a low oven temperature, probably 200° or 250° for probably 2 1/2 hours or maybe more (they need to bake until there is no moisture left in them). When they had cooled, we painted features with acrylic paints, dipped them in polyurethane and hung by the hangers (over several layers of newspaper to protect surface below) until dry and cured. If we didn't have the time for the dipping, drying and curing, we used a spray sealer from the art and craft supplies (or Krylon brand from the hardware store or WalMart, etc), because it dries and cures much faster. You can use whatever finish you prefer, flat, satin, semi-gloss or gloss. Sealing them both brought out the color of the tinted dough and paints but it also preserved them for years afterward if they were stored carefully away from moisture.