Kids love playing with Play-Doh. And for little ones, the squishier, the better.
Once the dough starts to dry out, it just gets too hard for little ones to work with. So, what do you do, pitch it?
Don’t toss that can yet!
You can turn that old play dough into colorful homemade Play Doh ornaments.
Yes, you can still use it to make some fun Homemade Ornaments Kids Can Make.
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This play dough craft is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
Older kids will have fun making these beaded Christmas ornaments.
Play Doh Ornaments
You can use any of your child’s favorite colors of Play Doh to make your own play dough Christmas ornaments. For a quicker drying time, use a can that is starting to dry out.
Our playdough was particularly stiff, so I rolled it out for the kids.
Once the dough is rolled out to 1/4 inch thickness (6 mm), have your child use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
You can use Christmas shapes, or to personalize them even more, let your child cut whatever shapes they want.
We wound up with a few pink and lavendar kitty cats and a blue car. Years later I still treasure these ornaments because that’s what my kids were in to when they made them as preschoolers.
Want to add a little sparkle to your play doh decorations?
My daughter had so much fun adding glitter to our pine cone ornaments, that I decided to get out the glitter to add to these. She had fun pressing the glitter onto the surface of the dough.
Once your child is finished with their creations, use a toothpick to poke a hole at the top of each one so you can add a ribbon to it later for hanging.
Then set the Play Doh in a safe place to air dry.
Depending on how old the dough is that you used, it should only take a couple days. Flip them over after a day or two to speed up the process.
Can You Bake Play Doh
If you want the playdough ornaments ready sooner you can bake them in the oven.
Set the oven to 200 degreees Fahrenheit and bake them 5-10 minutes.
Once they are dry, add ribbons to each ornament for easy hanging.
You can also use permanent marker to personalize ornaments if desired. We added names and the year to several of ours.
Got some old cans of Play Doh hanging around?
Give this easy playdough craft a try, and make a few Play Doh ornaments for the tree.
You could also tie them on packages for a simple addition to any gift.
You may also like:
- Craft Stick Ornaments — Easy homemade ornaments kids can make
- Jingle Bell Bracelets — Preschoolers will love this simple Christmas craft.
- Playdough Monsters — Kids will have fun making these silly monsters.
Originally published December 19, 2011.