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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Salt Dough Ornaments

These salt dough ornaments were so easy and fun to make...what a great afternoon!


I am a bit late with this post, but I thought better now than later!


Here are some photos...



















We used pretty ribbon and yarn to hang the ornaments.  Some of them received a coating of glitter, which my girls loved!  When they were dry, I sprayed a light coating of polyurethane to seal on the front and backs. They really looked great!  Wish I would have taken more pictures, lol!


Ingredients:


1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water


Directions:


1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour.


2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.


3. With your hands form a ball with your dough and kneed it for at least 5 minutes. The longer you kneed your dough the smoother it will be.


*** Store your salt dough in a air tight container and you will be able to use it for days.


*** You can paint your creations with acrylic paints and seal with varnish or polyurethane spray.


You can let your salt dough creations air dry, however salt dough can also be dried in the oven. Bake at 200 F until your creation is dry. The amount of time needed to bake your creations depends on size and thickness; thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker creations can take 2-3 hours or more. You can increase your oven temperature to 350 F, your dough will dry faster but it may also brown, which won't matter if you are painting your entire creation (you can also cover your dough in the oven before it turns brown).


There are a few options to color your salt dough: 1. Add powdered tempera paint to your flour, 2. add food coloring or paint to the water before you mix it with the salt/flour, or 3. add natural coloring like instant coffee, cocoa, or curry powder.

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