I homeschool my kindergartener, but she also goes to a learning center with various teachers two days a week. That means quite a few beloved teachers that we wanted to give a simple Christmas gift to. Thanks to a friend’s idea, we made an easy gift for Gigi’s learning center teachers, that –bonus!!– she essentially made herself!
We always seem to have an abundance of play-dough around here. I’ve always wanted to make my own dough, but we already seem to have too much as it is. This project was an easy way to thin out our play-dough supply and make cute ornaments that Gigi could give away.
How to make play-dough ornaments
When I say easy, I mean it. I’m not big with messy kids’ projects and this craft got two thumbs up from me and Gigi (five years old).
First, we rolled the dough out. I had to help a little with this because the dough stuck to the roller sometimes.
Then, Gigi cut out shapes with old cookie cutters that have joined our play-dough supplies.
She put them on a cookie sheet where I poked holes (about a centimeter in diameter) with a toothpick in the spot of her choice. We experimented a bit with mixing colors, and that pink one (pictured above) ended up with a little white heart in it, by accident– so cute!
Finally we baked them at 200 degrees for about an hour. Yours might be done sooner. I started with thirty minutes and added time as needed until they were mostly dried out. Before baking I brushed on some vanilla essential oil with a q-tip but it didn’t really take because of the store-bought play-dough smell. I bet it might work better on homemade dough.
We then let them sit out on the counter for a few more days, and tied some embroidery floss on them so they can be hung. We’ll be pairing them with a handmade card. So fun!
Check back next week when one of my contributors will share an even-more handmade version of this project.
What are you giving as teacher gifts this year? Do you have any handmade ideas to share?