Bright red, green, and garish holiday decorations? Ya, me neither. Here’s a super simple minimalist Christmas decor DIY. You can use these as tree ornaments, mantle decor, or string as a fireplace garland.
What you’ll need
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup tapioca starch (I think corn starch would also work but I didn’t have it on hand)
1/2 cup water
mix all ingredients together in a small pot
place on low heat and continuously stir. The mixture will become thinner at first but after about 5 minutes will begin to thicken
continue stirring on the stove until a ball of dough forms
place ball of dough in a bowl and cover it with a damp paper towel while it cools
While the ball of dough cools, get out your tools for decorating and set your oven to 200° F. Here is what I used:
assortment of cookie cutters (I didn’t have a Christmas tree cookie cutter so I made a template out of cardboard)
a straw to poke holes with
Sharpies and markers. Paint would also look amazing but I didn’t have any black or gold paint at home and that’s the look I was going for
twine or string
Once your ball of dough has cooled, remove the paper towel and add in a bit of water if the dough feels a bit dry. Place it between two sheets of parchment paper and begin to roll it out. We rolled ours quite thin (1/4″) because we wanted to make a lot of ornaments.
Then use your cookie cutters to stamp out whatever shape you like. If you’re using a homemade template as I did, simply place it on the dough and trace it with a sharp knife.
Place all your shapes on a lined baking sheet and poke holes at the top of your shapes. This will allow you to string it so you can use it as a tree ornament. If that’s not your plan, just skip this step.
Finally, place your baking sheet inside your oven at 200° F for about 8-12 minutes depending on the thickness.
Once they’re out of the oven and cooled, you can begin painting or drawing. Then string through the hole you created and have fun decorating!
Tag me on Instagram if you end up making these super simple ornaments – I would LOVE to see your creations!
Love, peace & keeping it minimal