I don't usually put up a Christmas tree. It's not that I have anything against trees, but one bedroom apartments don't have a lot of room for that kind of thing. So I have been practical, mistletoe in the hall, a wreath on the door and poinsettias on every flat surface. Festive on a small scale.
But now I have a house.
A mostly unfurnished house. The sensible thing to do would be to save my money and put it toward something I really need, like a desk.
I can live without a desk.
So this past weekend I blew my budget on a pre-lit, seven and a half foot tree. (It was on sale. I'm not totally crazed.) But a tree needs ornaments, and while I've been collecting them for years, I only have about 15, not nearly enough to deck out a tree.
So I put the Christmas music on and got out my cookie sheets.
|The flecks of coarse salt make them look specked.|
These are made from salt dough, (follow the link for the recipe) which is astonishingly easy. Flour, salt and hot water. You can use coarse salt, like I did. Regular salt will give the dough a smoother texture. They can be painted, molded, covered with glitter, wherever fancy takes you. I'm more of a minimalist, so I just painted them with an egg wash (1 egg whisked with 3 tablespoons water).
|Harder than it looks: I'm right-handed, but I can't focus the camera with my left|
The egg wash makes the ornaments brown and gives them a slight gloss, otherwise they're just a dull whitish grey. And don't forget to put holes in the ornament before you bake! If you don't, you're going to need a drill, these things are hard.
Once they are all baked and cool enough to handle, get the yarn back from the cat, who has appropriated it for her own use.
|Get your own yarn - this is mine.|
Friday Feel Good VideoFortunately, my cat hasn't found the tree interesting.