Tom and I made these origami paper wreaths (I had to enlist his help because I don't feel too comfortable with 'exact' crafts like this.) They turned out to be quite easy to make, thanks to Ali's great tutorial. For the larger decoration I recycled some Christmas advertising brochures, and for the smaller ones I cut into a vintage Norwegian magazine.
Today I was lucky to enough to be invited to spend the morning at Arlo's school, doing some Christmas crafts with a class of 6-7 year olds. I had baked a batch of salt dough ornaments, and those were the big hit- the children coated them in glue and glitter and sequins. I also brought along scraps of fabric and felt for making these, and white buttons to make cards a bit like these. I wish I had taken pictures of those small hands at work.
I love working with little ones- their creative energy is infectious!
(makes about 24 ornaments)
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup salt
3/4 cup hot tap water
2 tsp vegetable oil
Stir together the flour and salt, add the oil then gradually mix in the hot water to form a dough. Knead well (adding more water if dough is crumbly, or more flour if too sticky) and then roll out to about 1/2 cm thickness. You can use a straw to punch a hole in the top of the shapes for hanging. Bake at about 100-150 degrees C for around 1 hour, or until hard.