Dough Ornaments


We decorated the tree early this year, and to get further into the holiday spirit, decided to make homemade ornaments of our own! Adding spices to the dough makes your whole house smell like Christmas. With holiday music playing in the background, it was the perfect project to kick off the festivities.

In a large bowl, have your child help you combine:

1 and 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup cinnamon and nutmeg

1 cup salt

1 cup water

If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour once you turn out onto a surface to knead it together. Travis adored mixing the dough, and couldn’t wait to get his hands messy when I showed him how to knead.


We then rolled the dough to about 1/4-inch thick, another step Travis loved since I finally have a child-sized rolling pin for him.


We used gingerbread men cookie cutters, but any holiday shape – or even just circles – would work great for this project.


Using a straw, punch a hole near the top of each ornament so you’ll be able to hang it after baking.


Transfer your ornaments to a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.


Once the ornaments cool completely, thread ribbon through the holes and adorn your tree!