During the summer, my mother enjoys watching the hummingbirds outside of her kitchen window. She always seems a bit sad when it is time to put away the feeder for the winter and looks forward to the birds return in the spring. For the holidays, I thought I’d bring her a little early cheer and make her a couple of hummingbird ornaments for her tree.
These little hummingbirds are made out of salt dough (just like the DIY Snowflake Ornaments), but I added a piece of toothpick for the beak while the dough was still wet.
First, I sketched the outline of a hummingbird onto a piece of cardboard from an old gift box. I cut out the hummingbird to use as a template.
I mixed together 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 cup of salt. I measured one tablespoon of lemon juice into a one cup measuring cup and filled the remainder of the cup with warm water. I added the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stirred until a dough formed. I placed the dough onto a flour surface and kneaded the dough until smooth.
On a sheet of parchment paper, I used a rolling pin to roll out a scoop of dough until it was approximately 1/4 inch thick. (I placed the dough that I was not working with in a zip lock bag to keep it from drying out.) I placed my cardboard template on top of the rolled out dough and traced around the template with a steak knife to cut out the ornament. I used a bamboo stick to make a hole in the dough for a string to hang the ornament. (I later discovered that I should have put the hole in a different place (maybe at the top of the wings) to make the ornaments hang better.) To help keep the ornament’s shape, I removed the excess dough without moving the ornament from the parchment paper.
I broke off a piece of toothpick and stuck it into the dough to form the beak.
I repeated these steps to make additional ornaments. I then transferred the ornaments and the parchment paper to a baking sheet. I baked the ornaments in the oven for about 4 hours at 175 degrees Fahrenheit. I flipped the ornaments approximately every 30 minutes. I then let the ornaments sit on the counter for about a week to dry.
- Lemon juice
- Warm water
- Acrylic paint
- Nail file
- Acrylic spray (gloss)
- Silver embroidery thread
- Parchment paper