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Making Thankful Ornaments For Thanksgiving

Bake these ornaments ahead of time, (or if you have time – let these ornaments air dry)  and place them in a basket on the table! Leave paint pens, gel pens, markers, or puffy paint out for guests to write on the ornaments.  Then display everyone’s thankfulness on a tree to be enjoyed by all!

Take these to a classroom party for a fun, easy, and sentimental craft!

This is a NO COOK Dough, and it drys hard . Another (faster)  alternative is to bake them: instructions on that are below

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 c. flour
1/4 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons of salt
1/4 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons of hot tap water
1 Tablespoon of cinnamon
Food coloring is optional
*This recipe yielded 9 ornaments for our tree.


  • Combine flour and salt. Add hot water, and optional food coloring. Without food coloring, dough will turn a nice brown color with bits of cinnamon throughout. Knead for 5 minutes on floured board.
  • Making Thankful Ornaments For Thanksgiving
  • Roll the dough out like play-dough, and shape the dough with cookie cutters
  • Don’t forget to insert a straw into the shape to create a hole for hanging
  • Making Thankful Ornaments For Thanksgiving
  • You can let them air dry for 1-5 days. But, to speed up the process, bake them on a cookie sheet at 200-degrees for 3 hours
  • Thankful Tree Ornaments
  • To make a tree – I collected branches from our yard, and placed them in a tall container
  • Don’t forget to write the date down. These can be saved in an air tight container. I’ve had mine for three years, now. I love looking through the older ones to see what the kids were thankful for! We add new ones each year!




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