Monday, November 21, 2011

Before the Blog: Clay Ornaments

Raise your hand if you are SUPER excited that they holidays are finally here! We had our Thanksgiving dinner with my side of the family yesterday since we will be spending the actual holiday with Daddy Did It's side this year.  I was in  charge, so you know there will be some fun posts to come on  that.  But today I wanted to share something that I did a few years ago, before the blog.

I have been working on this year's ornaments, and that got me thinking about some ornaments we made in 2007.  It was a total impromptu thing that started with a Play Doh themed birthday party:

 Since the birthday was less than a month before Christmas and I had Decking the Halls on the brain, I made some clay for the kids to make ornaments out of.
(I don't remember what recipe I used.  But I'm sure you can google salt dough or modeling clay recipes and get a huge list!)
 But I made way, WAY too much.
So we I spent the night cutting out letters, shapes, anything the girls' hearts desired.
And Daddy Did It and my little brother ran to the Home Depot and got some Oops! cans of paint.
 We ended up with green, purple, and red.  Interesting color pallet, I know.
But it turned out so cute!
The topper was three gingerbread men tied together.
Of course, we also added the ones that the kids made and colored themselves!
My fave is the one that Kota (the 3rd Birthday Girl) did of her daddy.
Can you spot him?  He's wearing a yellow shirt and blue jeans.  :)
It certainly wasn't our most glamorous tree ever,
but we had a blast making every last piece as a family.
(sorry about the less than stellar pix.  My camera was on it's last leg.  If I remember correctly, it died on Christmas day! :( )

This year, I am working on some book page ornaments.  I hope I get them done in time!
Are you making your ornaments this year?


  1. I love the colors. Oops pains are the best.

  2. I plan to make a lot of ornaments this year! I would love for you to stop by and inspire me. My ornament linky party is up! Stop by!