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Baking Soda Dough Ornaments – Macarons & Sweets


Decorative french macaron painted ornaments made with a quick baking soda and cornstarch dough.




  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cup cool water

DIY Supplies

  • Paint Colors of your choice + white (I use Martha Stewart craft paint)
  • 2 paint brushes, 1 with a small point and 1 with a wide flat edge.
  • 1 roll of thin clear plastic jewelry cord (find it at Jo-Anns or Michaels)
  • Tacky glue
  • Finishing gloss paint.
  • Mechanical pencil.



  1. Pour the baking soda and cornstarch into a pot.
  2. Add cool water.
  3. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Once the mixture thickens and turns to a dough consistency, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  5. When dough is cool to touch (about 15-20 minutes), dust a solid surface with cornstarch and roll out your dough, just like cookies- 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Using your macaron shaped cookie cutter (find it in my shop- link in post) cut out your dough, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet to dry.
  7. Drying takes 24-36 hours. You’ll want them fully dry before you paint them.
  8. Drying them out in your oven is an option, but keep in mind that that can change the color of the ornaments from bright white to golden brown. I chose to wait it out myself and let them air dry.
  9. Once dry, they’re ready for paint.

How to paint your Macaron Ornaments

  1. With a pencil, trace the outline of the macaron onto the ornament, drawing the lines of the shells, feet, and then the filling last (see image below).
  2. Now for the paint. I would recommend using 2-3 different colors for each macaron.
  3. Mix your first color with white for dimension and use this color to paint the shells. Use a darker shade of the same paint (without white) for the for the feet, and a color of your choice in the center.
  4. You’ll want to paint the shells first.
  5. Then paint your filling.
  6. Now you can add your feet.
  7. Dip your wide flat brush into your darkest shade of paint on an angle.
  8. Dab the paint onto the macaron in a tapping almost sponging motion to resemble the look of the feet.
  9. Repeat these steps for all of your macaron ornaments.
  10. You can experiment with a variety of paint colors to match the colors of your tree.
  11. Once the paint has fully dried, brush a high gloss coat onto each macaron for a shiny finish.


  1. Once all your macarons are dry, place a dab of tacky glue on the top back of each ornament.
  2. Cut a 2.5 inch of plastic jewelry cord or whichever hanging material you choose (twine, string, hook), loop it and attach it to the glue on the back of each macaron. Be sure the loop is large enough to fit a tree branch.
  3. Press firmly and allow to dry for 1 hour.
  4. They’re ready to hang!