deck the halls

 After five years of watching our Christmas tree die a slow and painful death in the hottest spot in our house, we finally gave in and bought an artificial tree. Last year it stood sort of bare, with just the minimum of silver bulbs on it. This year I wanted to decorate it with some homemade ornaments, and set out to make some with the boys.

I was inspired by these magnets, and wanted to try out some Sculpy. I used it for the mustache ornaments and the round discs, cutting out the shapes with a cookie cutter and using a gold-leaf pen on the edges. I love the way they turned out, but the Sculpy was way too hard for the boys to manipulate.

So we made a dough of baking soda, cornstarch and water as outlined here. It worked out perfectly. Super soft for the boys to roll and cut on their own, and a nice bright white dough that looks lovely when its done. They boys made Cars ornaments, and a few of their own mustaches.

I can guarantee we'll be making more next year.

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