I make ornaments for my three nieces every year, and always try to do something different. These days I keep trying to tell myself that simple is the way to go. Salt dough seemed easy! And then I realized I had made more than I needed, and things went from there.
2/3 niece ornaments complete; the third is the same as the candy cane version, but it still needs to be strung. Not seeing that niece today so I avoided the frustration of stringing one more. The candy cane and gingerbread men are leftovers from a polymer clay disaster about ten years ago. The “tiles” are salt dough imprinted with rubber stamps before baking, and painted with acrylic and detailed with metallic Sharpie.
I thought it would be cute to get my little one to paint some of the extras for the grandparents. Well, eating the paint was more fun, so I half painted these to show her what the paint was actually for, and then she mucked them around in her painty hands.
And THEN! I stumbled upon what I think is my favourite technique. I let the little one muck around with finger paints on a big piece of paper, and then dunked the fronts of the ornaments in the paint here and there. I love the tie dye look of these! I’ll definitely be using this technique for more “made by mommy and me” gifts in the future!
The first ornaments for your nieces are beautifully made and look amazing. I love the tie dye snowflakes they are so pretty and such a sweet thing to do with your child. I’m sure they all will be treasured.