1 lb white school glue
1 lb cornstarch
2 Tbs. lemon juice
4 tsps. petroleum jelly
Get a medium to large saucepan that you aren't in love with. I was able to get everything off, but I may have been lucky. Put all of the ingredients in the pan and stir over low heat until it pulls away from the sides of the pan and looks doughy instead of gooey. Be prepared to use some muscle. It was not easy to stir this (and don't use a weak spoon.)
Remove from heat and let cool enough that you can touch it without burning yourself. Start kneading. Once the dough is all smooth, roll it out, again, this is difficult, because it's stiff dough. Cut out. I used a vaguely flower-shaped cookie cutter. (If you don't have a cookie cutter you like, you can always make one.) Then I punched holes in every bump with a large drinking straw. I used a slightly smaller drinking straw to punch holes inside the ring of bigger holes. If you wanted, you could use coffee stirrers to make another round of smaller holes, if you wanted.
To use a straw for a punch, the easiest way is to use the bendable straws and cut it off just above the joint section. Press the original sipping end into the dough and hold onto the contracted joint as a handle. To clear the dough out of the straw, stick a toothpick through the joint and push the "holes" out the other side. You may need a couple of each size of straw because they aren't terribly sturdy.
Once the shapes are cut, you can air-dry them for several days or dry them in a 175 degrees Fahrenheit oven for a couple of hours. Either way, turn them over once in a while, because they start to curl and you want these flat.
I glued laser print-outs onto the ornaments and covered them with another thin layer of glue. If I'd had matte mod-podge, I would have liked to use that, but I didn't want to wait another few days to get it in the mail. I used the laser print-outs because they wouldn't smear when I put the glue on top of them like ink jet prints would.From the Heart & Spirit:
Have you ever thought what is life?
Why do we even live?
Are we alive to take from people?
Or are we alive to give
Maybe everyday is a dream
And our dreams are reality
Or all our life we are trapped in a room
And when we die we find the key
We may live to benefit others
And we aim to always make them smile
Because happy moments we live
Are very worthwhile
I think life is all about spreading love
In every move we make
Also to give everyday
And try not to overtake