Salt Dough Stars



Dough Star

Glitter Stars

Stars on Tree


I still can’t believe it’s almost Christmas. Normally, I count down from sometime in October until the day I can put our tree up on December 1st, but this year… not so much. Perhaps it’s because Reuben and I aren’t in our own home, so it just doesn’t feel “right”? Maybe it’s because my dad and brother won’t be able to visit (and Reuben’s family don’t celebrate Christmas) so it’ll be very quiet this year. Or because we’ve been a bit distracted by bigger things. Perhaps it’s all of the above!

This week I have tried to get myself into the festive spirit a little. I decided I couldn’t bear another Christmas with a fake tree (I’m sure that sounds ridiculous but I’ve always hated them!) so over the weekend Reuben and I bought a tiny little Norfolk Pine in a pot. It’s only an itty bitty thing this year, but by next year or the year after, it should be the perfect size. I like the idea of a tree that will grow with each year, and a small tree seems somehow apt for a Christmas that doesn’t really feel like Christmas. On Sunday we listened to Christmas carols and made rum balls. I baked a bunch of salt dough stars, while Reubs crocheted some little baubles (which are smaller versions of the baubles he designed for this book). Then yesterday I painted the stars white, smothered them with glitter and hung them on our tiny tree, along with Reuben’s crocheted decorations, my three french hens and some tiny vintage baubles. So the lack of feeling festive is not for a want of trying! Maybe another batch of rum balls would do the trick?

Have you ever had a year that just didn’t feel like Christmas?Β  What do you do to get into spirit of things? I’d really love some suggestions!

Katie x

PS I used this salt dough recipe.

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26 Responses to “Salt Dough Stars”

  1. robbie December 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    it never really feels like christmas to me until after i start making gifts. once i start crafting, i know the holidays have begun!

  2. JessB December 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Good idea, Katie, it’s great to try and get into the spirit if you aren’t really feeling it. I am a bit the same – I live on my own, so decorating my house seems like too much effort, as does putting up a tree.

    But I am having a great time buying and planning to make lots of presents for other people! That’s the best part!

  3. Jane @ Shady Baker December 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Love your tree and stars Katie and now I am craving rum balls! But I hear you on the lack of festive spirits too. have found myself feeling rather melancholy about bad family relationships, my endless ‘to-do’ list and the craziness of it all.

    I am trying hard to focus on the simple things and having a restful day, which will hopefully involve some time in our canoe! Merry Christmas.

    • Katie
      Katie December 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

      Yes, that’s the thing about Christmas – it an be SO lovely but it can also be very melancholy indeed. Sending you the very best wishes for a happy, peaceful, wonderful Christmas Jane. Try not to let the “to do” list drive you crazy and have fun canoeing! x

  4. Cassie December 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Love these sweet ornaments! I agree, it is really beginning to feel like Christmas, and I love it!

  5. chantilly December 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    these are so cute!! actually, when i just skimmed the first few pictures, i thought they were cookies and pinned them to my “nom noms” board. oops! they’re cute as tree decorations, too πŸ™‚

    • Katie
      Katie December 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      I would NOT recommend eating them Chantilly! That would not be good! πŸ˜‰

  6. Jess from Vintage Pie December 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    {Those three french hens are the sweetest things ever}

    I am a Christmas fiend, love it-love it-love it! Used to get Christmas decorations FOR Christmas, that’s how much I loved it as a kid, but the older I get admittedly the more effort I have to put in, to reach that plateau of steady, happy excitement.

    (Having two wee girls that I can mold like salt dough stars to love the holidays does help though)
    Also, I believe for me it is a state only really achieved when food combines with family and hot weather in equal measure to assure me it really is that time of year…two years ago it was cold and rainy on Christmas Day- I felt like the weather literally rained on my parade πŸ˜‰

    Hope you find your festive mojo! Or perhaps it will just mean a sweet, underplayed season for you guys? x

    • Katie
      Katie December 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

      Yep, I’m usually a Christmas fiend too! That’s why I’m so baffled by my lack of Christmas spirit this year! I think this will just be a very low key Christmas for us. But that’s ok! πŸ™‚

  7. Milynn {love and whimsy} December 19, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    Oh what a unique idea for ornaments! I absolutely love them!

  8. Sophia December 19, 2012 at 4:43 am #

    Yea for real trees! The latest news in the U.S. supports your decision. See here for an example – .

    Thanks for your awesome blog and Happy Holidays!

  9. Bekuh December 19, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    What a fun project! I’v never made salt dough ornaments. I may just have to give it a try. Glad you’re starting to feel a little more festive.

  10. Teresa December 19, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    I’ve been finding it really hard to get into the Xmas spirit this year too. Maybe it’s just been a year of change so things don’t quite feel so festive this year or maybe I’m getting more disallusioned as I get older… πŸ˜‰ I am making an effort though and baking and gift wrapping. The day itself is always great!

    I love the little salt dough stars. They remind me of the ones we use to make when I was very little. πŸ™‚

  11. domestickate December 19, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    It’s been hard for me to get into the holiday spirit living in this central Californian climate these past few years. I currently live in a small apartment, and there isn’t much room for a tree, so I skipped that. But, Sunday I put up some lights and hung ornaments off of them, and it cheered me right up. The copious amounts of cookies I baked that day also helped! Happy holidays to you!

  12. Meg December 19, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Christmas is a funny time of year . . . there’s lots to look forward to . . . spending time with loved ones, making and giving, sharing a meal . . . or twenty!! and having a break no matter how short from work or regular routine. . . but there also seems to be a lot of pressure for it to be awesome . . . pressure from the media and retail sector . . . pressure from family and friends and probably some pressure from memories of Christmas’ past . . . I struggle with this some years . . . but I also understand that Christmas like all parts of our life changes as we do . . . so Katie, don’t beat yourself up . . . look at the beautiful Christmas you and Rueben have already made for yourselves (live tree, handmade decos, cooking, carols, etc.) . . . and those able to share it with you (in the real world and online) are very lucky indeed!

    • Katie
      Katie December 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      Thank you for your lovely, wise comment Meg. I can’t help thinking it is us who is lucky to have you, not the other way around! x

  13. Courtney December 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Love these little salt dough stars! I have always wanted to make some of these, but never have.

    xo, Courtney

  14. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur December 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Your tree looks GORGEOUS! What a lovely thing to do – buy a real Christmas tree that you can keep, and every year it will get bigger! It makes it that much more special.
    Unlike when we were children, and the fake tree “grew” smaller every year πŸ˜‰

    It already sounds like you are enjoying lovely Christmassy activities! Perhaps it only needs to remain small-scale and simple. Baking your own decorations is something I never thought of – and I think it sounds like SO much fun! Enjoy the holidays and the new year!


    • Katie
      Katie December 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      Yes, I thought having a little potted tree that would grow with each year was quite poetic! And I so remember the plastic tree of my childhood shrinking every year, haha!! I had a lovely time baking and painting those stars. I hadn’t done that kind of craft in such a very long time πŸ™‚

  15. Katie Estelle December 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    When I found out I was pregnant last year, I thought this Christmas would be spectacular in 2012. Then I transferred to an office in my old hometown and we moved in with my parents while we’re saving for a down-payment on a place of our own. That fact alone has made it not feel at all like Christmas to me… well, that and the absence of snow in Michigan right now. I’m trying to make the best of it, but it’s hard living at home with your husband and infant child. It’s been getting me down a lot lately, despite all the cookie-making and Christmas tunes. I’ll keep on trying. Maybe next year…

    • Katie
      Katie December 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      I can so relate to your comment Katie! I think the fact Reubs and I are staying with my mum at the moment (while we work on buying our own home, like you guys) is the main reason Christmas has fallen a bit flat for us this year. It just isn’t the same when you aren’t in your own space, is it? I guess we just have to remind ourselves it will all be worth it when we are in our very own homes. And difficult as it may be, aren’t we lucky to have the support of our families? xx

  16. Holli Anne December 20, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Katie, I love how you decorated those stars! I made salt dough ornaments this year. We painted them sort of pastel colors (except for a couple random brightly-colored stars). Salt dough is so much fun!

  17. Samantha December 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Hi Katie,

    We own a takeaway in Northland, NZ and a lot of our customers have also commented that it doesn’t feel like Christmas this year. For some reason, no one seems to be getting into the festive spirit around here!
    At least you’re not alone πŸ™‚

  18. Jasmin December 23, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    hey there!

    after some shaddowed x-mases the last years this year i really feel relieved from a lot of pressure that was usally upon me(all of it self made by myself…). this year i will be celebrating with some friends-it’s more about spending time together, apreciating the others company and less about presents, as we all are students and chronically broke. we invest our money in some nice food, cook togehter, take a walk in the muddy snow und relax. i’m really happy this opportuniy came up cause me parents are traveling nz at the moment and my grandparents live in another city. as we are not religious at all it always felt a bit bad to be celebrating with lots of gift, sticking to some rituals that weren’t filled with that much meanig for us. so we decided to free our selfs from all kinds of expectations and use that time of the year to do something that would make us feel good. i wanted to create some new christmas traditions and figure out whats really important for me about those days. i noticed that some things weren’t important for me at all this year and i took it like that without judging it.
    celebrating with friends also gives me a feeling of independece, which is quite nice;)
    i’m really thankful for all the good friends i have and all the time we spend this december, as some of us will be leaving over the next year. so it was an extra precious time! and i’m really looking forward to january to see my family and spent some time together that feels not dictated by some kind of social conventions but is freed from the pre-xmas stress. this actually sounds more harsh than it is as we are a quite harmonic family but thats what makes it easy to give others the space and time they need.

    i hope you two can enjoy the time πŸ™‚ i really like the idea of the tree growing with you guys!
    when so much is in motion(you beeing in some kind of transition) and one’s busy with making decisons the focus is shifted. but that’s okay! it would me unrealistic to think one could get in same christmas spirit every year with so much else changing. maybe one could read it as a sign of change and growth and taking that time of the year as kind of a gift which can be used in different ways but always fitting ones needs.

    by the way i really enjoy reading your blog! wishing you all the best from a cold snowy town in germany. oh, who i’d love to be in the australian sun!

  19. Marcelle December 25, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    I did these last year, I put cinamom in the dough and they still smell great this year!

  20. Bolmara De Marco December 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Hello !!!! I love your blog , your lifestyle , your pieces and all of you , at least what it is on your blog !!!!!I’m from Argentina now visiting Spain, France with my operation base in Barcelona . Nice to meet you , your blog and our beautiful life !!!

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