In order to keep costs down at Christmas, we make our own decorations, We always buy at least one new one a year for the tree but the majority of them will be handmade and upcycled items.
Salt dough is by far the cheapest thing to make decorations with. It is easy to make and to work with, cheap to make and fun for the kids.
Here is an easy recipe
How to make it:
All you need to do is put flour and salt into a bowl and slowly add water until it resembles dough. Knead it on a floured surface, roll out so it is flat and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
You can add food colouring if you would like to make different coloured items or even add some scents to it. I like to add a few drops of lavender in mine or mix in some cinnamon for a more festive scent.
To make them solid:
There is 2 options for this. You can either use a microwave or an oven. My mum used to leave them to air dry but i personally find they crack easier.
To microwave - cook them in short bursts of around 20-30 seconds, checking to see if they are hard in between. (Careful they will be hot)
To cook in the oven - Place them on a tray and cook them on low for around 3 hours or until hard.
Allow to fully cool and then decorate them.
Try using felt pens, paint, stick glitter to them. If you want to hang them on the tree, pierce a hole in the top before cooking them and once cooled and decorated, thread some ribbon through the hole.