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Primitive Salt Dough Ornies


Salt dough ornies are a great addition to your country primitive home decor. They are very easy and fun to make, you can make holes in them and hang them or you can add them to rose hips for a prim fixins blend. They are made the same way that you make dough cookies but these ornies ARE DEFINITELY NOT EDIBLE. Not only would they taste terrible but they become hard as a rock, they are purely for decoration purposes.

To make them, you will need cookie cutters (for my ornies in the pic I used a round cookie cutter and a bird cookie cutter), acrylic paints ( I used orange and black) and paint brushes and your dough. For the dough you will need:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water


In a bowl, combine the flour and salt and slowly begin adding your cup of water until your dough becomes smooth and pliable, you might not even need to use the whole cup of water to get the dough to your desired consistency so you can knead it and work with it.

When your dough is at a workable consistency, working on a lightly floured surface, knead it and roll it out flat with a rolling pin and cut shapes with the cookie cutters. For mine I used to round cutters for the prim Annie faces and the bird cutters for the crows. If you want to hang them, poke holes in them with a straw. After you’re done cutting your shapes, place them on baking paper on a cookie sheet and bake them. The temperature and timing depend on how thick your ornies are. Slow bake them with the oven temp set at about 200 degrees until they become hard and dry.

Remove them from the oven and let them cool. Once they are cool, you can begin decorating them with your paint. I used the orange and black paint to draw and color the Annie faces and hair and the black paint to color the prim crows. I didn’t poke holes in mine because I didn’t want to hang them, I used them as a display with scented rose hips, cinnamon sticks, and whole nutmeg for a fragrant primitive fixins blend.

Of course you can used whatever cookie cutters you want for your shapes and whatever paint colors you want and you can even use glitter and other embellishments to decorate them. If you poke holes in them, you can hang them with ribbon, or jute, or string, or raffia.

And please remember to use caution if you are making them around children who might think that the ornies are actually cookies and might try to bite into them and eat them.



Dried Rosehips


Rose hips are tiny fruit which contain the seeds of roses after the flowers have been fertilized. Once the roses have been fertilized and the petals fall off, little rose hips develop on the stems. The center of rose hips are filled with seeds, and when birds and other animals carry them off and break them open to eat them, the seeds get spread around, forming new rose plants.

Rose hips are usually bright red or orange. They are rich in Vitamin C and can be used to make jams and jellies, as well as sauces and syrups. They are also used to make tea.

When rose hips are dried, their color becomes a rich deep dark red. Dried rose hips are great for crafts and their deep rich color makes them a great addition to country primitive style crafts. They’re a staple for country primitive fixins, especially when they’re combined with cinnamon sticks and other rustic spices and pods, cones, dried fruit peels and slices. They look great when they’re placed around candles and other country primitive displays.



Rose hips give a wonderful rustic country look to any display even placed in a bowl by themselves, especially when they’re scented. In order to scent rose hips, place them in a container with an airtight lid and put enough fragrance oil so that the surface of the rosehips has a sheen. You don’t want to add too much fragrance oil so that the rosehips are moist and gloppy. Keep them in your container for a few weeks so that they will retain the scent. Shake the container around frequently so that the fragrance will disperse evenly. Since the surface of dried rose hips is not as porous as a fixative, they won’t actually absorb the oil as well as fixatives do, but they do retain scent well, so don’t worry if your rosehips have a sheen on them.

For a lovely country primitive look, rose hips can be displayed in primitive jars, rusty tin bowls or plates, with bakery or grubby candles, muslin or dough ornies, berries, and a variety of rustic fragrant spices, acorns, pods, cones, dried fruit slices and peels.


Potpourri Ideas: Apple Potpourri


This apple potpourri is a fragrant blend perfect for Summer, Fall (omg is it almost here?), and Winter. You can make this beautiful potpourri blend with dried apple slices, dried bay leaves, pear pods, apple pods, twistie pods, and pine cones.  You can add apple fragrance oil to enhance the scent.

This blend also contains one of my favorite potpourri ingredients – cedar roses:



They are cones that are shaped like roses. These cute cones go perfectly not only in a rustic primitive potpourri blend but also a pretty flowery blend. They are actually the bottoms and insides of the cones of the Deodar Cedar tree. When the full cones fall off the trees they start to break down and what remains are these cute little rose shaped parts of the cones.
All of these ingredients are available in potpourri supply stores. You can even find some of them in health food stores and aromatherapy supply stores. You can find so many wonderful ingredients in these stores and you can work this blend according to your tastes and preferences, adding whatever ingredients and fragrances you fancy.



Drying Fruit Slices


Dried fruit slices and peels are a great way to give your home a country prim look and they provide a fun way for you to get crafty and creative. They are fragrant and can be added to potpourri blends, fixins blends, wreaths, swags, etc,. They also make pretty and fragrant gift package decorations and Christmas tree decorations. When they are placed around candles, especially bakery candles, they give a nice country prim look.

The pic above is of an prim apple fixins blend. It combines dried apple slices with fragrant spices like cinnamon sticks, allspice, and cloves. The look and smell is very seasonal and makes a great addition to country prim home decor.

The easiest way to dry fruit slices is to use a dehydrator. But if you do not have a dehydrator, you can use the standard oven method.

To dry apple slices using the oven method, core your apples and slice them about 1/4 inch thick. In order to prevent them from oxidizing and turning brown during the process, dip the slices into a solution of 2 cups lemon juice and 3 tablespoons salt. Make sure the slices are well soaked for about 15 minutes. After you remove them, pat them dry with paper towels and place them on cookie sheets and dry for about 6 hours at 150 degrees. Keep the oven door slightly ajar to ensure good air circulation. Turn the slices when they start to curl.

For oranges, slice them about 1/4 inch thick and gently squeeze out as much of the moisture as possible without squeezing and misshaping the slices. Then place the slices on a cookie sheet and dry for about 6 hours at 150 degrees. As with the apples, keep the oven door slightly ajar for air circulation.