Christmas Crafting: Part Two - Reindeer Decorations
I first made these little white glittery reindeer decorations a couple years ago after seeing them on a website called The Imagination Tree which has some lovely ways for getting creative with children.
I had a go at making them - and was thrilled with the outcome. They hang alongside the fabric baubles (tutorial on the previous post) on snow-sprayed branches in a tall silver vase with a few fairy lights strewn through.
They are made from baking soda white dough clay. The kids can help you make these as children always seem to love messing about with dough. Although you may want to assist with the rolling out and cutting as we did lose a few limbs first time round (the reindeer not us!).
To make them you will need: one cup of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), 1/2 cup of cornflour, 3/4 cup of warm water, glitter, an old pan.
Put the dry ingredients in the pan then stir through the warm water. It will start bubbling and coming away from the side of the pan. Keep stirring until it starts becoming drier, more like a play dough consistency.
Take the pan off the heat and once it's cool enough turn the dough out onto a surface and knead it well. Then roll it out and sprinkle the glitter over the rolled out dough. Use reindeer cookie cutters to cut out the shapes and a straw to pierce a hole in the body part so you can thread twine through later.
Bake them in a cool oven, 100 degrees centigrade, for an hour. Or you can leave them to air dry which takes a day or so.
Once they are dry, thread the twine through and hang on branches or on your Christmas tree.