Coffee Dough Shell Ornament

Coffee dough is similar to salt dough but the addition of coffee grounds gives the dough a rock like color and texture, a perfect backdrop for the shell imprints.  Coffee dough also retains a lovely coffee scent.

You will need:

1.  One cup of old coffee grounds

2.  One cup of flour

3.  1/2 cup of salt

4.  Approximately 1/3 cup of cold coffee

5.  A rolling pin

6.  Small shells or sand dollars

7.  A glass or round cookie cutter

8.  White acrylic paint (optional)

9.  A paintbrush

10.  Ribbon

 

 

 Coffee dough 1.  Mix the coffee grounds, flour, and salt.  Add two tablespoons of coffee and mix well.  Add two or three more tablespoons of coffee as needed, mixing well after each tablespoon.  You want the coffee dough to have a play dough like texture, soft but not sticky.   Keep adding coffee bit by bit until you achieve this texture.  The amount of coffee you need can vary from batch to batch depending on how dry your coffee grounds are. 
 Rolled dough with seashell imprints  2.  Roll out the dough to 1/4 of an inch thick.  If you want your dough to be perfectly even, you can place a pencil under each end of the rolling pin or use rolling pin spacer bands.  Press the shells into the dough.  You may have to roll them to get an imprint from the entire shell.
An ornament ready to dry   3.  Using a cookie cutter or the top of a glass, cut out the round ornament around the imprints.  Use a pencil to punch a hole through the ornament.  When all the ornaments are cut let them dry.  You can put them in a 200 degree oven for several hours or allow them to air dry for several days.
 Seashell ornaments with ribbon loops

 4.  When the dough is dry get your paint and brush out.  Dip the tip of the brush into water and then into the paint.  Brush the paint into the shell shape.  Allow the paint to dry.  Loop a ribbon through the hole so you can hang your ornament on your tree.

 

Pictures of other projects

If you happen to have a sand dollar, use it to make an impression for your ornaments.  It will make a beautiful ornament and there is a pretty legend to go along with the sand dollar. 

The Sand Dollar Legend

Upon this odd-shaped seashell a legend grand is told,
about the life of Jesus, that wondrous tale of old.
At its center you will see, there seems to be a star,
like the one that led the shepherds and
wise men from afar.
Around its surface are the marks of nails and thorns and spear,
suffered by Christ upon the cross; the wounds show plainly here.
But there is also an Easter lily, clear for us to see,
the symbol of Christ's resurrection for all eternity.


Author unknown.  Source... 
http://mrmom.amaonline.com/poems/legend.htm

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A tasty craft! Delicious on their own, or cute on top of cupcakes!