Salt Dough Ornaments add great color and charm to any Christmas Tree!
I found this wonderful recipe for Salt Dough Ornaments on a fun website.
These make wonderful gifts for Grandparents, teachers, friends and playmates.
These are really easy to make and fun for children. They can let the creativity shine. If you do one of these each year, you will enjoy seeing the progress as the children grow.
Get out the cookie cutters of all kinds. Stars, trees, hearts, circles, bears and anything else you may have. Let the children choose the cutters that speak to them.
How to make salt dough:
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup plain flour
- Up to 1 cup of water (add gradually)
Combine the salt and flour then pour in the water gradually, stopping when it has become dough-like and not too sticky. There should be no residue left on your fingers when you touch it.
Knead it on a floured surface for a few minutes to make it soft, workable and stretchy, like you would with any dough.
Roll out to about 1/8-1/4″ thick.
Cut out the shapes. Re-roll and cut again.
Lay them on some greaseproof or baking paper and on a baking tray.
Take a straw and poke a hole through the top of the ornament.
Bake them on a VERY low heat (around 100 degrees C/ 212 F) for up to 3 hours.
If the shapes are over 3/8″ thick then they will probably need to be turned over during the baking process.
It is VERY important not to have the oven on too high. This will cause the salt dough ornaments to bubble up and fill with air, as essentially it is being cooked.
What you are really aiming for is to dry them out thoroughly, over a slow period of time.
As soon as they are out of the oven they can be left to cool while your child chooses the colors and decorations to add!
Acrylic paints adhere to the dough really successfully. Ordinary water-based children’s paint does work, but the colors are not as vibrant and the paint can flake off eventually. The acrylics work as a sealant and keep the colors strong and beautiful! You will be able to enjoy these salt dough ornaments year after year.
Add glitter, buttons, sequins, legos or anything that would make it special for the child. However, make sure that you supervise well so that the child does not swallow any of the smaller items.
When they are dry, thread through with thin ribbon or twine and hang on the tree! You can write the date in the back to remember when they were made, adding a special memory to the occasion
.The Imagination Tree has more ideas for children.
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