Saturday, November 26, 2011

Salt Dough Ornaments....

Salt dough would have to be one of the easiest things to whip up for your kids, very few homes wouldn't have flour, salt and water available. What better way to get the kids started on the Christmas decorating with making some ornaments. The original recipe calls for fours cups of flour to a cup of salt. But because I didn't have a full cup of salt this is what I did.

Salt Dough
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup salt
water to moisten

Mix flour and salt together and gradually add small amounts of water until you are able to form a dough. The dough should not be wet, so just add enough that allows you to start forming a ball that is still dry but can flattened out without crumbling. You can add food colouring to the water or do what I did which was add a small amount directly to the dough whilst kneading to give a marbled effect.

Roll out and using cookie cutters press out your designs. For the hole I just used a chopstick to make a large enough hole. Then into the oven at 150 degrees for an hour, but do check to see if they have any give because if they do you will want to give them more time in the oven to dry out.

So many variations on designs ie.adding glitter, letting kids paint them when they cool down, drawing with felt tips, pasting onto them......possibilities are endless really.

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