Gelatin Ornaments

Activities for KidsYou will need:

• Food coloring
• Nine tablespoons of water
• Three envelopes of unflavored gelatin
• Plastic lid (a coffee-can lid works well)
• Christmas cookie cutters

Stir several drops of food coloring into nine tablespoons of water. Heat in a saucepan over low heat. Add three envelopes of unflavored gelatin, stirring continuously for about 30 seconds, until the gelatin is dissolved and mixture thickens. Pour the mixture into a plastic lid, and let the gelatin set no longer than 45 minutes. Remove the rubbery gelatin disk from the lid, and make cutouts with the Christmas cookie cutters. Use the leftover pieces to make free-form designs. Poke holes into each ornament near the top with the straw. (The free-form shapes work great for designing special ornaments; use them to decorate a Christmas tree shape or to dangle from a larger ornament.) Allow all pieces to harden overnight on a cooling rack. When dry, loop a ribbon or fishing line through the hole, and hang them on your tree! (To keep edges from curling while the ornaments dry, place them between Handi Wipes and secure with an embroidery loop.)

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