Carol's Play Dough Christmas Ornament Gifts for Parents December 02 2009

Perfect for Parent Gifts

Play dough Christmas ornaments are perfect gifts for parents. Here are a few ornaments students can create using the easy, no-bake, play dough recipe provided.

Easy Play Dough Ornaments for Christmas:

  1. Handprint ornaments - Give each student a handful of play dough of any color. (To save time, if it is already a color, e.g. red, there will be no need to paint it later.) Students use a rolling pin to flatten the play dough. Then, they press a handprint into the dough. Use a straw to poke a hole in the top. Pull a ribbon or yarn through the hole for hanging. An optional design idea is to turn the handprint upside down and to paint the hand green (like a Christmas tree). To add a star use yellow paint -or- after drying dot the top of the tree with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
  2. ChristmasAngelPhotoOrnamentCookie cutter ornaments (optional photo)-  Snowmen and angels are perfect for adding a photo of the child after drying and painting. Just cut out and glue the photo where the face is. Stocking shapes are perfect if you would like to add a name (e.g. "Mom" or "Dad"). Simply make the play dough recipe provided. Use the cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. Add little loops before drying toward the top or cut a hole towards the top with the end of a straw, so students can hang their ornaments using ribbon or yarn. Let them dry. Then, paint the ornaments. Glitter can also be glued onto the ornament, if you wish.
  3. Candy cane ornaments - Make a batch of the play dough. Cut it in half. Leave one half plain (or add glitter to it for extra sparkle). Then, use red food coloring to make the other half red. Give each student a small round ball of both colors. Students roll into balls and then smooth snakes. Then, they twist the play dough snakes around each other from top to bottom. Cut the ends. Make into a candy cane shape. If you have metal loops it will work out nicely to poke the loop into the curved top of the candy cane. That way they will have a hook ready to loop ribbon or yarn through for hanging. Let the ornaments dry. String yarn or ribbon through the loops.

Homemade play dough is very easy to make. The play dough hardens and can be used to make the adorable, one of a kind ornaments explained above.

Play Dough Recipe

Here’s a simple and quick recipe for play dough. The recipe does not require cooking. You can add glitter and food coloring for extra sparkles and colors, or keep it out.

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  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cup water
  • food coloring
  • glitter (optional, sprinkle and add as necessary as you knead dough)


  1. Mix oil and food color together.
  2. Add dry mixture.
  3. Mix until pliable.
  4. Add the glitter. Mix/knead until glitter is distributed evenly.
  5. Keep in a plastic bag.