Basic Ornament Dough
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1-1/2 cups water
Combine the flour and salt. Add the water gradually until the mixture has a consistency like putty. Knead the dough for about five minutes. Be sure the ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Roll the dough on a floured surface, to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. (Dip cutters in flour before cutting to prevent them sticking in the dough.)
Poke a hole at the top of each ornament Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for about 1/2 hour at 325 degrees (until light brown).
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups soda
1-1/4 cups cold water
Acrylic paint (optional)
Clear thin shellac or clear nail polish
Combine the cornstarch and soda in a saucepan. Gradually add the water until the mixture is smooth. Stirring constantly, heat until the mixture reaches a moist, mashed potato consistency.
Turn the dough onto a plate and cover it with a damp towel. Knead the dough when it is cool enough to handle.
Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. (Dip cutters in cornstarch and shake before cutting.) Poke holes in the tops for hangers
Place on rack to air dry for several days at room temperature.