Christmas Key Ornament {Comparing Cornstarch Dough or Salt Dough}

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I’m sure many of you have seen the pin about making an ornament out of your house or apartment key.  I know that’s what got me inspired to do this project.  The original pin said to use salt dough, but I wasn’t completely sold because I’ve had less than impressive experiences using salt dough in the past (ie. making salt dough with 25 first graders only to discover the recipe I had wouldn’t work and we had to scrap that Mother’s Day project.  Whoops!)  So I took two different recipes, one for salt dough and one for cornstarch dough and decided to evaluate which one I liked best for this particular project.  I got the recipes from several sources: The Imagination Tree has great recipes for both cornstarch dough and salt dough.  I also found the same recipe for cornstarch dough from Tips for a Typical Mom.

Salt Dough Recipe

1 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water

Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Add the water and mix thoroughly until you get the consistency of Play Dough.  If it is too dry, add more water.  If it’s too sticky, add some more flour.

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(Bonus: Kitties like salt dough, too.  Or at least trying to bury it….)


Cornstarch Dough Recipe

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup warm water

Mix dry ingredients (careful that you don’t get a sandstorm of cornstarch and baking soda).  Add warm water.  Stir until dissolved.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.  After about 5 minutes, dough will form lumps.  Cook until the consistency of Play Doh.  Remove from heat.  When cooled, knead with your hands until soft and smooth.

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Making the Ornament

  • Roll your dough out to your desired thickness.  Mine was about 1/4 inch thick
  • Choose your desired house or apartment key.  Press the key into the dough so the top of the key is flush with the top of the dough.
  • Key Ornament 21Use a cookie cutter or cup to cut out the shape of the ornament.  If it is a round cutter, I recommend twisting the cutter to get rid of the excess dough.
  • Use a straw to make a hole for your string or hanger to go through.  Again, twist to get rid of excess dough.

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  • Discard (or save) the excess dough.
  • Bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.  The salt dough needs to be baked for 2 hours or until dry.  The cornstarch dough needs to be baked for an hour or until hardened.

The Finished Products

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Which one do you like better?

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