Homemade Christmas Decorations
HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS FOR THE TREE
If you like to make your own Christmas decorations then try these edible and non-edible ones to decorate your tree with. Spend an afternoon with the kids and you can all get involved with the fun. Salt dough ornaments are so simple and cheap to make and are also a great idea for gifts for the recipient to decorate their own tree. The gingerbread tree cookies also look lovely hanging from the tree.
Salt Dough (Non-edible)
- 1 Cup Salt
- 1 Cup Plain Flour
- 1 Cup Water
Combine the flour and salt then gradually add the water until it forms a dough, but not too sticky. There should be no trace of the mixture on your fingers when you touch it. Turn it out onto a work top and knead for a few minutes until it becomes stretchy and pliable.
Roll out the dough to approximately ½ cm thick and use cutters to cut out your shapes – Christmas trees, stars, hearts, etc all work really well as christmas decorations. If you have a snowflake cutter these look especially pretty sprinkled with glitter. Poke a hole at the top of each decoration with a straw, to allow the ribbon to go through later.
Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and lay the cut outs on the tray. Bake them on a really low heat – 100˚C/202˚F for up to 3 hours. The aim is to dry them out thoroughly over a long period of time.
Once they are baked leave to cool completely.
You can now go to town on the decoration front – use your imagination – acrylic paints, PVA glue and glitter, buttons, sequins and silver balls all look lovely. You can personalise the decorations with dates, names etc. which will be a reminder of who made them and when.
Spiced Christmas Tree Cookies (Edible) – Makes approx. 20
- 175g unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- 350g plain flour
- 125g golden caster sugar
- 125g light muscovado sugar
- ½tsp salt
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1tsp ground ginger
- 1tsp ground nutmeg
Combine the butter with the two sugars in a large bowl until light and creamy. Beat in the egg, gradually, then sift in the flour, salt and spices then mix until everything is incorporated.
Roll the mixture into a ball and cover with cling-film, leave to rest in the fridge for 30 mins.
Flour the work top and roll to approx. ½ cm thick.
Use cutters to make the shapes and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
Make a hole in the top with a straw or skewer (if they are going to hang on the tree) and bake for 15 minutes at 180˚C/Gas 4 until the cookies are browned and firm to the touch.Cool completely before decorating with edible sprinkles, icing etc.
Homemade, delicious and great fun to make!
Enjoy and I hope you all have A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. x
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