How to Make White Dough Ornaments

As a special end of year celebratory treat we like to make a little Christmas gift to share with our classmates.  Last year we made White Dough Star Ornaments.  This was by far the cheapest and my favourite gift we have ever made!  Judging by the popularity of this blog post, I am guessing lots of other people loved it too!

So I wanted to give you an update.  An after the fact recount AKA what I learnt and a quick HOW TO.

Traditionally dough ornaments are made using a “Salt Dough” recipe.  This is an easy way to make the ornaments and you get a very natural appearance as a result.  But I wanted WHITE!!!!  After some research on google, and advice from the ever helpful “The Organised Nest” Facebook flock.  I found a new recipe! I have adapted it slightly for Australians and this will create enough dough for about 16 small ornaments.

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 THE INGREDIENTS

These ingredients are cheap, cheap, cheap!  After some trial and error I found that the Wooloworths Homebrand ingredients work just as well and are literally half the price.   BUY the Homebrand Ingredients from Woolworths and this recipe costs you less than $2!!! I mistakenly bought the branded items and it cost me about $6 which still isn’t too bad! Win Win!

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PERSONALISING

Nothing says thoughtful like a personalised gift.  We stamped each classmates name on the ornament using a Wiltshire “Cookie Stamp” Kit from Big W.  

Wiltshire - Sweet Messages Cookie Kit - From Big W

Wiltshire – Sweet Messages Cookie Kit – From Big W

Last year this Kit was found in Big W  in the Cooking/Kitchen Utensil aisles, it retails for about $18.

 

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The kit contained some predesigned messages (Thank You, I Love You etc) and then a whole heap of individual letters for you to design your own messages. This is seriously one of my favourite purchases and I have already used it over and over again!

LONGEVITY

The ornaments once dry are ready to go but personally I like to lacquer the finished product. For longevity and to hopefully make them look even better! You can find a simple spray on lacquer at Masters/Bunnings/Spotlight.

PACKAGING


Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 1.49.12 PMI usually buy the bulk lots of resealable clear bags from the dollar stores but then I stumbled across these beauties.  In the Party aisle of Woolworths and they are the PERFECT fit. 

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I wrote a little poem and turned it into a bag topper just using some cardboard. 

DELIVERY
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Now they are ready to deliver!  Made easier if you have an extra cute delivery elf like this one! Oh I hope this Christmas dress still fits her this year.

There you have it.  A cheap, easy, thoughtful gift for any occasion really but especially nice to spread some joy this Christmas. 

 

 

 

How to Make Dough Ornaments

Every year I have said that I will make Dough Ornaments as a Christmas Craft.  Naturally, every year it gets thrown into the too hard basket.  But after seeing some gorgeous white porcelain stars being sold as Christmas ornaments, at a price way beyond my means, I was determined to try something!!!! 

Traditionally dough ornaments are made using a “Salt Dough” recipe.  This is an easy way to make the ornaments and you get a very natural appearance as a result.  But I wanted WHITE!!!!  After some research on google, and advice from the ever helpful “The Organised Nest” Facebook flock.  I found a new recipe! I have adapted it slightly for Australians and this will create enough dough for about 16 small ornaments.

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The personalised messages were created using a “Cookie Stamp” Kit from Big W.  

Wiltshire - Sweet Messages Cookie Kit - From Big W

Wiltshire – Sweet Messages Cookie Kit – From Big W

It was in the Cooking/Kitchen Utensil aisles.  The kit contained some predesigned messages (Thank You, I Love You etc) and then a whole heap of individual letters for you to design your own messages.  This is seriously one of my favourite purchases of the year and I think it was about $15!  I am already imagining the ways in which I could use it!

NOTE:  I personally am going to lacquer the finished product.  For longevity and to hopefully make them look even better! 

BUY the Homebrand Ingredients from Woolworths and this recipe costs you less than $2!!! I mistakenly bought the branded items and it cost me about $6 which still isn’t  too bad! 

We are wrapping these little stars as Christmas gifts for Master O’s classmates. 

Day 14 ~ Reindeer Ride, Food and Craft

This Little Elf has a ticket to ride!  Has he been enjoying a joy rideon the back of a reindeer?  Or maybe a few reindeers pulling a toy sleigh?  This one is about those magical reindeers!  

“Dashing through the snow

riding through the neighbourhood

But please make my friends some food

something yummy, sparkly and good!”

 That little Elf is ready to take a REINDEER RIDE! Any old reindeer will do!!!

 
 

This activity is all about Reindeers so here are some of our suggestions;

  • Use the Internet to find out about Reindeers.  Find out where they live, what they eat, what they look like.
  • Can you draw a picture of a reindeer?  What are the most important feactures of a Reindeer that make it look different to other animals.

OR

MAKE SOME REINDEER FOOD!
 

This is one of my favourite Christmas Activities! I was hoping to make these for Master O’s class this year but they beat me to it! Reindeer food is basically a mixture of oats and jelly crystals to create a magical dust for reindeers.  You sprinkle the mixture on the lawn and helps the reindeers find their way to your house AND gives them something to eat at the same time! There are many printables to help you create “Reindeer Food” online but I love this one from the alwys creative Bianca at  A Litte Delightful

 

OR

Feel like getting crafty? Here are some of our favourite Reindeer Craft ideas!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Perhaps the reindeer and the Elf will become life long friends?

Let your imagination run wild!

Day 13 ~ Snowball Fight and Cotton Ball Craft

On Christmas day, we ‘Aussies’ are more likely to be swimming in the pool than ice skating! But that doesnt mean we can’t have some snowy fun! That cheeky elf has convinced the other household toys to have a snowball fight!  

 

 Mnay of these ideas use marshamllows as snow balls, but I am going with cotton wool balls!  We have already used marshmallows for one Elf activity (the bath) so we are going to use these fluffy white balls for craft this time!

This is a craft activity using cotton wool balls! Gather up all of those snowballs, put them in a container and get crafting! There are so many Christmas Carft ideas using cotton wool balls. Naturally most of them are Santa related. Here are just a few;

Paper Plate Santa

 

Santa Tree Ornament

Source: parents.com via Larissa on Pinterest

 

Basic Santa Hat

 

Wearable Santa Hat

Source: firstpalette.com via Larissa on Pinterest

 

 

Santa Puppet

 

My Favourite….A Santa Christmas Countdown Calendar!

Add a cotton wool ball each day to Santa’s beard! No more asking how many sleeps until Christmas!

 

Ok so there are no curriculum links in this one! This is great last week of school Christmas Crafting fun! I have siad it before but I will sat it again.. There is nothing like cranking up those Christmas Carols and crafting as a family or class!

Enjoy!

Day 7 ~ Paper Problems ~ “My Christmas Elf” ~ Paper Roll Craft

 

Ready to get crafty?  Christmas isn’t Christmas without some Christmas Craft.  The best Christmas Craft is simple, quick and involves the kids.  What better craft supplies to use, than those lying aorund your house. Paper rolls. Toilet paper, paper towel, wrapping paper, any kind of paper roll will do, it’s time for that cheeky Elf to have some fun!

“Oh last night I had so much fun

I skipped and hopped and went for a run

But alas I tripped and a had a fall

Sorry about the mess, you will have to clean it all!”

Anything involving paper!   

Source: flickr.com via Mary on Pinterest

 

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We are going to use all those toilet paper or paper towel rolls to create some art and craft!

  • TEACHERS: If you are in a school or childcare you will need to buy unused toilet paper rolls.  You can buy these in bulk from educational supply catalogue or even rom Riot, art and craft!
  • PARENTS: Wrapping paper rolls are perfect for this!  Just cut them up into smaller pieces!  Or paper towel rolls, clingwrap, alfoil rolls!  Any kind of cardboard roll!

The ideas for paper roll craft are endless and it will depend on the age of the children.  But here are my favourite:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Source: budgetsavvydiva.com via Larissa on Pinterest

 These activities don’t require downloadable printables or even links to the curriulum.  Just crank up the Christmas Carols, get crafting and join in on some Christmas fun!!

“My Christmas Elf” ~ A Christmas Tradition


Oh how very true.  And I have been doing just that…..

Creating an experience, to share with somebody VERY special…

YOU!!!!

INTRODUCING

Late October “My Pigeon Pair” will be presenting……

“My Christmas Elf  ~

A Series of Fun and Educational,

ideas and activities to enrich your Christmas Elf Tradition!”  

“My Christmas Elf” will run over 20 days (Monday-Friday)

 on the “My Pigeon Pair” blog.  

Each day will feature; 

  • A new activity to enrich your Elf Tradition
  • Printables to enhance each activity
  • Positioning ideas for your Elf!
  • Australian Curriculum Links for Teachers of children Foundation – Year 3
  • Much, Much more!!!
This series is appropriate for children aged 2-8 and has been created for both Teachers and Parents! 
 
Why Late October?  Running the sereies a month before you really need it allows you time to organise and prepare for the busy Christmas season.  You can print and prepare as you go and come the 1st of December you will be ready to welcome to your Elf!  It also means school teachers with classes that finish at the end of November (like me!) will still be able to participate in this wonderful tradition!!!
 
 
What kind of activities?  Think writing, reading, maths, creating, crafting, cooking and just spreading some Christmas cheer! 
 
 
What does it cost?  Printer Ink and paper!!!  During the series all printables will be FREE.  Just share the love!  If you love it let your friends know! Oh and it will also help to have a few basic craft supplies on hand and a bit of imagination!
 
 
What if I don’t have time?  This series just gives you some ideas!  Each activity is completely separate to the one before it so you can do as many or as few as you like and at a time they suit you! 
 
 
How do I get involved?  
 
 
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and be ready for a Christmas your children will never forget! 
 
So are you in???
 

A massive thanks to Lisa from “Life As We Know It

who is an absolute creative graphic genius!