This was spotted on Pinterest at Oleander and Palm. They were labeled as ornaments but I am going to use them as tags for Christmas presents. The whole project was super easy. I followed all of the directions in her post, but I discovered a few tips that will make it a bit easy.
1) Mix ingredients together (2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water) until the texture is smooth.
Last Legs Tip: After ingredients are mixed, wait about 20 minutes for the dough to harden just a little. If you don’t do this the dough is too sticky and makes things more tricky.
2) Roll out dough on parchment paper. You will want it about ¼ inch thick.
3) Stamp the dough. Use normal stamps and normal ink no need to buy anything special.
Last Legs Tip: When you stamp the dough, do it VERY lightly. Do not press into the dough much at all. If you do press the stamp down the dough will stick to the stamp and bad things will happen.
4) Use cookie cutter to cut around the stamp.
5) Use a straw to make a little hole at the top.
Last Legs Tip: Once you push the straw all the way to the paper twist back and forth and the dough should just stay in the straw.
6) Remove the excess dough around the pucks. Re-roll the excess dough to make more pucks.
7) Place the dough pucks in the oven on a cookie sheet. I just lifted the whole parchment paper up (carefully) and placed it on the cookie sheet.
8) Bake at 225 degrees for about 3 1/2 hours. The original tutorial says to bake at 250 degrees for 3 hours. However, that didn’t work so well. They had a much more yellow tone and puffed up unevenly.
The left are the ones baked at 225. The right were baked at 250.
9) Right after you take the cookie sheet out of the oven, very carefully lift the parchment paper off the cookie sheet (the ornaments WILL slide) and rest them on cooling racks or on your counter. They will cool down fairly quickly.
To finish them I am going to sand off the rough edges a bit and tie them with twine. Since I already had flour, salt, stamps, and ink on hand all I needed to purchase was the parchment paper. The whole project cost me less than $5!!
They will be the perfect little gift tags don’t you think?