Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments for Kids

It’s the simplest of dough.  Cornstarch.  Baking soda.  Water.  You can add a bit of color and bling if you’d like.  I added the slightest drop of blue food coloring and blue glitter to one batch, and opted to leave the other batch white with a bit of silver glitter.  There have even been times when I’ve added some essential oils too.  This time we made nature themed Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments for kids with this versatile dough.  And….it’s gluten free!

Inspiration for this post come from The Artful Parent.

play dough ingredients

  • 2 Cups Baking Soda (1 box)
  • 1 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • Color (I used a bit of food coloring.  You could use tempura paint, or liquid water colors.)
  • Scents (optional): Essential Oil of your choice.

Add color (and scent) to water.  (You can also add the scent while you knead the dough.)  Combine baking soda and cornstarch in a pot, then add water to the powdered mixture.  Cook on medium heat until the dough forms a ball. Pay attention, though.  Once it starts to form into a ball, it does so QUICKLY.


Cool and knead.   I picked up these gorgeous snowflake cookie cutters at a yard sale. Perfect for making Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments.  I find the best things at yard sales and incorporate many of them into our homeschooling.

a little boy making Christmas ornaments

Texture rich. Makes those fingers work.


Parker cut out snow flake shaped ornaments.  I placed the dough on waxed paper to make it easier to lift the ornaments off of.

snowflake cookie cutters

christmas tree ornament

To add texture, we cut off twigs from evergreens in our yard.  Parker had a few sensory issues with some of the more prickly branches.  He’s a professional though and stayed the course.  heh.

a little boy making Christmas ornaments

I adore how these turned out.  I placed them on a cookie cooling rack where they are still drying.  I plan on hanging them in our window when they are ready.  I’ll be sure to share the finished product with you!

gluten free playdough

Do you make Christmas ornaments with your kids?  I’d love to see pictures.  Feel free to link to your posts in the comments section below!



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