Homemade Christmas Tree Pendants

After recently realizing that I didn't have any eggs to cook with, it dawned on me that making Christmas cookies wasn't an option at the moment. Still looking for something to make, I decided to try out a different kind of recipe- not one that you eat though. This recipe is for salt dough, the basis of nearly every ornament making project. I used it to make these adorable Christmas tree pendants and the process was so simple.

To make the pendants you'll need:
-1 cup of water 
-2 cups of salt
-2 cups of flour (preferably white)
-parchment paper
-cookie sheet
-a big bowl
-wooden spoon
-string/thread

To personalize the pendants you'll need:
- a butter knife
-cookie cutters
-spray paint
- sharpie permanent markers or sharpie paint markers

Now, the fun part. First, preheat the oven to 250F Simply mix the ingredients together starting with the dry ones (salt and flour) and adding the water last. Start stirring with a wooden spoon and after about 20-30 seconds, use your hands to mix the rest together for that dough-ey consistency. If the dough is sticking to your hands, add more flour.
Next, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the ball of dough in the middle. Sprinkle some flour over the ball and, using your hands or a rolling pin, roll out the dough. Once the dough is rolled out, use a butter knife or cookie cutters to make fun shapes. You can also make things with your hands, the dough comes out of the oven exactly how you put it in, so, thickness is not an issue. 

Now it's time to put the pendants in the oven, be sure they are on the parchment paper and they have holes in the top to thread string through. The pendants should be in the oven for about 3 hours, or, 1hr and 45mins + time to dry on the cookie sheet overnight.

Your pendants won't come out looking like this, that's why we have to spray paint them. I used red, white, silver, gold and so much more- 1 batch creates a lot of ornaments!

Lastly, I decorated mine with paint markers and threaded some red&white string through. My favorite part was making little sets like the little town above.

How great did these turn out? I'd say it was a total success. I highly recommend making these with friends or making this project your next holiday tradition. 

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