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It’s time for our first Christmas craft! I was excited to share this DIY in a lovely online magazine called Flat White, check out the full issue here.

What you will need*:

• 1 cup bicarbonate of soda

• ½ cup cornflour

• ¾ cup water

• Saucepan

• Bowl

• Spoon

• Cling wrap

• Rolling pin

• Cookie cutters (star shape, or any other shape you fancy)

• Chopping board and baking paper (optional)

• Toothpicks (optional)

*Recipe adapted from www.busybeekidscrafts.com

Instructions:

1. Mix all three ingredients in the saucepan over a medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture is too thick to stir with a spoon.

2. Cool for a few minutes, until the dough is cool enough to touch.

3. Transfer the dough to a bowl, and knead for 5 minutes until smooth.

4. Roll out the dough on a smooth surface (I used a chopping board covered in baking paper).

5. Use the cookie cutters to press out the desired shapes. Use a toothpick to make small holes for threading string if necessary.

6. Keep dough wrapped in plastic when you’re not working with it.

7. Leave the shapes to dry at room temperature. Depending on the thickness of the dough, this will take 1-2 days.

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Ideas for your dough shapes:

• Use stamps or embossers to make impressions in the dough, these can then be used as gift tags.

• Alternatively, you can paint the shapes or write names of them once the dough is dry.

• String the shapes together on some twine to make a pretty garland to hang over your door, or on the Christmas tree.

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