White Clay Ornaments

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White Clay OrnamentsThese stay-white ornaments are perfect for everyone from the littlest crafters to the artistes in your home- air-dry for the whitest results.

You will need:

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

3/4 cup warm water

Tools:

Plain rolling pin

Cookie cutters (I think the metal ones give a cleaner cut)

Baking paper

Cooking oil spray

Baking tray

Mix the dry ingredients into a saucepan. Then add the warm water and stir until all dissolved.

Put the pan on medium heat stirring constantly, until the mixture resembles a playdough.

Then remove from the heat and let cool.

Once cooled, knead with on a lightly cornstarched surface until soft and smooth.

Roll out the dough to be approximately1/4″ thick with a plain rolling pin.

Use your favorite cutters to make the ornaments- press hard to be certain to cut through.

Peel away any excess and gently place on tray with lightly greased baking paper.

To add the holes for hanging, use the round end of a wooden skewer

Bake in the oven at 150 degrees F for 30 mins, keep an eye on them, you are basically air drying them.

You can also leave them out to dry on their own for a day or so.

(I think the air drying method was best to avoid cracking, and also rolling them thin avoids cracking.)

4. Finally, once dry, add some colored ribbon.

Perfect for gifts, or to decorate your tree.

Holiday Decor Inspiration

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Home for the Holidays-finalWhile Christmas at my house is absolutely covered in glitter I am most inspired by simpler. more organic holiday displays. These brown and white paper packages are my absolute favorites with just a few sprigs off the tree for color. I had also linked to the gorgeous twines from Terrain for tying them up. Candles in teacups held up by star anise pods make a beautiful side table light display. Simple olive or eucalyptus leaves strung with tiny lights make an elegant garland. Antique bells (like these) on a holiday wreath make every holiday visit a musical event!

The Considerate Holiday Wrap

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Tea Towel Towel Wraps

Rather than recycling tons of holiday wrap and ribbon, try wrapping in a reusable gift- a tea towel. There are beautiful ones to be had (these from World Market cost less than some paper!) and make a considerate gift wherever you go!

You need a fairly large tea towel for a regular sized book or box, so keep a look out for jumbo dish cloths. Terrain has some beautiful tea towels that are the perfect size . Finish it off with a wooden spoon, whisk or a few cute cookie cutters. A bottle opener would work well with a bottle of wine or cocktail book. I love this wine chart towel for bottle gifts! Here’s how you do it:

Tea Towel Gift Wrapping

You’ll need:
your gift
A tea towel about 3 times the height of your gift
A utensil for decoration (optional)
kitchen string (may be needed to secure the tea towel) (once again Terrain to the rescue with glorious colored twines and even frayed velvet ribbon for the boho look)

With your box at a slight angle, place it in the middle of a cotton tea towel. Take opposite corners and pull them to the center of the box. Tie a double knot.considerate

Now grab the other two corners and tie another knot covering up the first. Tuck in any loose pieces for a cleaner look.

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Amazing way to dress up a gift of wine or bubbly:

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