Holiday Prep Tip #2:  Make your DIY presents early!

Holiday Prep Tip #2: Make your DIY presents early!

Is anyone else feeling like September snuck up on them? How did that even happen? One minute it was July and we were having BBQ's and swimming, the next it's September. So if you are like me, you already have a holiday season list going that includes a host of DIY gifts. DIY gifts can be time consuming and a little overwhelming with school starting, work, kids activities, etc. Life gets to help me the ball rolling, Shopping early for supplies helps keep the cost of each project down since I can shop the sales throughout the year and I do make a space for some of those supplies so I know what I have and what I still need when it comes time to make them. Now for the fun part: the making of the DIY gifts! 

Since we celebrate Christmas, we always pick a DIY ornament project to give to everyone on our list as a way to commemorate the year. There are tons of easy and inexpensive ornament projects that look amazing and are easy to do with kids. One of our favorites is the traditional Salt Dough Ornament that can be made into any shape you can think of, can be decorated in any number of ways, and is a lot of fun to do with kids of all ages. No matter what Holiday you celebrate in your house, Salt Dough can be used to make gifts that are meaningful and fun! Below is a simple recipe I use, but there are also ton of great ideas and variations you can find online too. 

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe 


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Gradually add water while stirring and mixing to form a dough with a Play-Doh like consistency.
  3. Form the dough into a ball and knead for approximately 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and firm. Additional water may be needed, depending upon humidity. Add a teaspoon of water at a time until the dough reaches the proper texture. On the other hand, if the dough is too sticky, add more flour by the teaspoon until it's no longer tacky.
  4. Store the salt dough in a Ziploc bag when it's not in use to prevent it from drying out.


Check out our other Holiday Prep Tips:

Holiday Prep Tip #1: Children's Cookbook

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