Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snow Dough & Ornament Factory

Second to last day before break! Today was our ornament factory day. We began mass production first thing this morning, and ended with final touches & wrapping this afternoon.

Over the years, I've updated the tag a bit! :)

First, we do the hand prints. Then hang them up to dry. This drying rack has been with me since college. It's been in my life longer than my husband! HA! But it still works like a charm for this project every year.

Then after lunch when they're dry we bust of the sharpies and turn them into five little snowmen.

 Add the tags. Wrap them in lots of paper towel to help add some extra anti-break insurance.

And then put them in the most boring wrapping ever. Ok, so in all fairness I usually have the kids decorate the bags however they want. But today we just ran out of time. But at least nobody can peak right? (This photo is mainly just to show that sometimes keeping it real wins over cute)

Now onto a little factory work of my own. Last night, my kitchen became the Snow Dough factory.

It was my first time making Playdough. I can't get over how simple it is.

You will need the follow ingredients per batch:

2 cups Flour
1 cup of Salt
2 TBS of Cream or Tartar
2 TBS Vegetable Oil
2 Cup Water
LOTS of Sparkly white Glitter

 To make mix all the dry ingredients in a pot. Then add and mix in the liquid ingredients. Put on the stove top on medium heart for about 7 minutes continually stirring. I have to admit, about 4 minutes in it just looks like goopey paste and feels like it will never actually turn into dough. When you feel that way, you're about 2 minutes away from magic, haha.  I promise you, it happens!!

Once it's done take it out and let it cool. Then, add a generous helping of glitter. Or Five generous helpings!!

Then I put them into these cutie little individual containers I found at Walmart. And put them in the fridge.

Originally I was going to give it to my kids as a gift from me. Now, I think it's going to be a gift from Snowball the Elf before his departure back to the North Pole. And suddenly it won't matter that I threw them an Amazing Polar Express Party and filled their Stockings with little sweet treats, because the elf is delivering snow from THE NORTH POLE ITSELF. 

Yup, totally going to be shown up by the Elf.

Polar Express Party Essentials for Tomorrow Include:


Lots of Swiss Miss brewing in the Crock Pot and my favorite PJ's. :)


  1. Super cute ornaments! I'm going to have to make that play dough for my 3 year old she loves sparkly things! ;)

  2. I love the way your dry those ornaments. So very smart. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. I made glittery play-doh as a center at our Christmas Party and the kids LOVED it! I added peppermint extract too:)

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  5. What kind of paint did you use for the handprints, if I may ask?

  6. What kind of paint did you use for the handprints, if I may ask?

  7. Love the handprints. We made ours last week. I need to try the playdough

  8. I *LOVE* these ideas!! That ornament is the sweetest gift ever and I appreciate your recipe for the dough-- an older version I have never turns out right so I am excited to try yours (glitter and all!!). Thanks so much for linking up and sharing such great ideas :) Happy Holidays, my friend!

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  9. Will you update the poem to 2014? Love this and want to use it with my class this year!

  10. I did this on red balls and the paint turned pink when it dried. :( what now?

  11. I use clear balls and put some play snow inside .

  12. What kind of paint was used? Love this idea!