It’s that time of year where we don’t know what to do with ourselves! If you’re like me, you’re probably a bit behind on holiday spirit and bored out of your god forsaken mind. If that’s the case and you want to make some home-made, eco-friendly ornaments I welcome you to…
THE FROG ZONE!
Or the salt dough ornament zone, but more specifically…
THE FROZEN FROG FROM AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER SALT DOUGH ORNAMENT ZONE! It just doesn’t roll off the tongue as well.
Supplies You’ll Need:
Not pictured: measuring cups
2 cups (16oz) flour
1 cup (8oz) salt
½ cup (4 oz) water
Wire cutters (or use your beastly arms)
Oven or toaster oven
Not pictured: string
Preheat your oven to 200 F (93 C) and get working!
Mix the flour, salt, and water together in a bowl until the mixture is well incorporated. It should be workable and smooth-ish.
If possible, take out this year’s resentments on the dough. I promise it will help in some capacity.
Note: If you’re just making cookie cutter ornaments skip the next section.
The Frog Base
Crumple some aluminum foil into a ball for the base. The best overall shape is a tapered ball that’s thicker in the middle than the edges.
Make two divots in front for the eyeballs and poke a hole on the top for a wire. (don’t wait until the dough is on the base, trust me)
Using the Salt Dough
Now it’s time to work with the salt dough! No matter what you’re working on, if an area of your dough gets too wet or sticky pat a little flour onto it. If an area gets too dry, pat a little water on it.
For the Frog
Cover the aluminum with salt dough by rolling it out or by using your hands to smoosh it on.
Next make two balls for eyes and roll out a noodle for the legs and arms. Fold the back legs into S shapes and the front legs into candy canes.
Use water to join any seams and attach the appendages.
Not pictured: I built a little nose between the eyes with a small triangle to make a more realistic frog
For the Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Roll out the room temperature dough on a lightly floured surface. Flour the fuck out of the cookie cutters. I don’t care if you just floured it. Flour it again or your dough will get stuck. Then, transfer the cut out shapes to a cookie sheet.
If you’re having issues transferring the cut out shapes I would recommend using wax paper as your floured surface. Whatever makes this shit easier.
Note: Try to make sure your cut out shapes no bigger than half an inch. Also poke a hole in the ornament with the end of your paintbrush (a needle will not cut it).
Baking the Ornaments
Pop the ornaments into the oven for about 2 hours. This slow heat will uniformly cook the ornaments.
Once they’re done, take them out, let them cool and start decorating.
Now is time for the fun part! Get your whole dumbass family involved!
Cover all of your ornaments in a sealer, let it dry, and then get deep in the paint.
For the Frog Decorations
I did a base paint of light green and painted white shines to make it look like it was frozen. I also added a bit of dry-brushing for more texture.
Remember to stab in the wire here!
For the Cookie Cutter Decorations
For the cookie cutter ornaments, lament how small the holes are for the string you have.
Remember to go buck-wild.
Your ornaments are done!
It’s time to shout: suck it Hoemark, then hang your creations on your tree with pride.