Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Coffee Dough Ornaments

Yesterday, I shared two different recipes for coffee dough that we made recently. The spiced coffee dough made my whole kitchen smell like a barista's dream! After playing with our coffee doughs, we used some of it to make some adorable homemade Christmas ornaments.

The kids rolled out their coffee dough and selected which cookie cutters they wanted to use from our assortment of cookie cutters.  We have a giant cookie cutter set .  These are great because they have cookie cutters for all of the major holidays, plus letter and number cookie cutters.  All of the kids wanted to make an ornament with their initial and then they chose from snowmen, stars, Christmas trees, bells, stockings, and Gingerbread men.
Once the ornaments were cut out, we put them on a greased cookie sheet and used a toothpick to create a hole.  Don't forget to do this or you won't be able to thread the ribbon through them once their finished drying.
You can leave the ornaments to air dry for about 48 hours, but we're much too impatient for that method so we baked ours in a 300 degree oven for about 30 minutes.  They may not feel hard when you remove them from the oven, but they will harden as they cool.

Then, we added some festive ribbon to hang them and you're all set.  We have painted these in the past, but I chose to leave them this year so the kids could see the neat texture of the coffee grains in their ornaments.  They had a beautiful stone finish to them.  You can use the toothpick to mark each child's initials and the year into the back of the ornament before baking or just write on them with a sharpie once they finish drying.

You may also like our recipe for salt dough ornaments.

If you're looking for other Christmas crafts and activities, please check out the Christmas section of our Kids Crafts page!  You can also find ideas on our Christmas with Kids Pinterest Board and by following us on our Facebook Page

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