Holiday Blog Series: Make at Home White Ornaments

I live on three acres surrounded by lots of trees mostly left undeveloped for native species of birds and our resident gopher turtles Ted and Trixie. There’s nothing like the feeling of looking out at the marsh, as I’m crossing over the bridge on my way home.


It’s because of my love for the outdoors that I try to decorate with natural elements whenever I can. I needed a way to jazz up the entry and I decided to make a few white ornaments for the tree. And by tree I mean sticks that I gathered from the yard, painted white and stuck in a vintage champagne bucket.


Since my heart speaks in neturals I knew these make at home ornaments had to be white. I mixed ¾ cup baking soda and ¾ cup of cornstarch in a medium bowl and stirred with a whisk.


Next I added ¾ cup warm water. Mix well, as the consistency will be that of pancake batter.


Then pour the contents into a skillet. Place on medium heat. Stirring occasionally. You really have to watch this part closely so your dough doesn’t burn.


When the dough begins to bubble and pull away from the sides of the skillet, continue to stir as dough begins to thicken. Remove from heat, set aside in skillet and allow to cool.


Once cooled, place on parchment or wax paper.


 Break off a small piece of dough roll it out flat,


and use cookie cutters


to cut out the desired shape.


 I used the end of a straw to make the holes in the top of the ornaments


 and these embellishments from my craft supplies.


 Place on a wire rack and allow to dry for a full 24 hours.


 Hang and enjoy.


These ornaments will be somewhat fragile so as always with things that are this pretty, handle with care.

120414-15 You know these ladies are doing some amazing craft things on their blogs today so be sure to check them out Vicki and Jennifer at 2 Bees in a Pod, Bobbi at Bluwaterlife, Lisa at Concord Cottage and Angie at The Altered Past!


See you back here tomorrow for our final day of this holiday series where we feature tablescapes.

Many blessings,


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  1. You’ve done it again! – your dough ornaments are so adorable. I really love the embellishments that you’ve added to each one – a little sparkle and shimmer to just catch the light. Great idea!

    1. Thanks so much Vicki, I really appreciate it!

  2. These are beautiful and so sweet, just like you! I love your white and natural elements…very nice 🙂

    1. You’re so kind to me Angie, thank you!

  3. Coco, WOW, I’ve never made dough ornaments and you so clever in making them yourself and embellishing them with glitter and bling. I LOVE the way they turned out and I think a few might go perfectly on my neutral tree so make sure they go in the Cali box….lol. Just beautiful and I Love LOVE love the branch tree and vignette on our table!!!! sharing later xo

    1. Ha ha Lisa, they would go perfect with your neutral tree! This entire series has been so much fun. Thank you for all of your sweet comments and for sharing!

  4. Oh my gosh, the memories this brings back! And I LOVE your tree 🙂 I’m always looking for “tree” ideas that work in a small space and this is awesome. I totally want to make these now in special shapes. Heading off to search the web for seashell cookie cutters!! Thanks for the wonderful ideas as always Coco! Bwg ~~~

    1. Thanks so much Bobbi! These ornaments were really easy to make. I’ll be on the lookout for your seashell cookie cutters 🙂

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