Christmas is fast approaching and with it all the fun traditions and activities that make it my favorite time of the year. As I type this, my home is filled with the scent of buttery whipped shortbread baking in the oven. A Christmas tradition in our family for generations and one I fully intend on passing down to my children.
Along with baking, tree decorating, the annual Christmas puzzle, and advent calendars we always end up doing some kind of craft. In the past we have made salt dough ornaments, decorated a special plate for Santa’s cookies with Sharpie and baked it, painted our windows with Christmas cheer and of course written and decorated letters to Santa.
This year my daughter convinced me that we had to make our Christmas craft not to decorate our home but the home of her Barbies in her doll world. She has built this entire town down in the toy room and it would be an understatement to say that she takes this doll 'world' very seriously. She spends hours down there creating just the right set up for her ‘girls’.
I partially blame YouTuber My Froggy Stuff for this ;). If you haven’t heard of My Froggy Stuff you should definitely check it out. This mom and daughter team craft up anything you could possibly imagine in doll scale. It’s really impressive.
Anyway… back to the craft at hand. Inspired by My Froggy Stuff we recently tried our hand at cornstarch dough and made some food and home accessories for my daughters’ dolls. The recipe is super simple and you can make just about anything you can think up. We had a lot of fun together making, baking, and decorating these.
So as I mentioned before, my daughter came to me wanting to make more cornstarch dough, and this time to make some Christmas items for her dolls. She wanted to do a video for her own YouTube channel Happy Puppy and I thought this would be a great family friendly craft post for my blog. So here we are with a "collab-post" between the Happy Puppy and The Everyday Journalista.
I’m going to do a brief overview of what we did here and if you want to check out the how-to in more detail you can visit the full video Christmas Crafting with Cornstarch Dough.
What You Need:
There are only three ingredients, which is great, and it’s stuff you likely have on hand, which again is great!
What You Do:
Mix 1 Tbsp of Cornstarch, 2 Tbsp of Baking Soda, and 1 Tbsp of Water in a microwave safe bowl.
Heat it in the microwave for about 20 seconds.
Kneed together into a dough when cool enough to handle.
Store unused portions in a plastic bag while shaping pieces, as it tends to dry out fairly quickly. We just kept wetting our fingers a little bit if the dough started to get a bit dry.
Bake in a 175 degree oven for 1 hour
Paint or decorate to your hearts content. We used a variety of media to decorate our creations. Paint, nail polish, powder eye-shadow, glitter, Sharpies, ribbon and some tiny twigs. We also used a low temp glue gun to stick the Olaf together :).
You can Mod Podge these at the end as well to increase their longevity. We didn’t bother as my daughter simply couldn’t wait to start playing with them.
This was such a fun and simple project that got our creative juices flowing and gave me a chance to spend some quality time with my daughter. After all, it’s that what Christmas is all about?
I hope you get a chance to try this out with a special little person in your life this Holiday Season. If you do please share a pic to Instagram and tag me @theeverydayjournalista #everydaychristmas