Every year around this time our family likes to get crafty and creative! This year we’ve tried out a few new crafts that I’ve had in our “craft queue”. Today, I’m sharing our Salt Dough Ornaments craft! Every day this week I’ll be sharing a new homemade Christmas craft with you!
Salt Dough Ornaments
These are a great craft to make that will last for many many years! You can add dates, handprints, anything! We painted ours however each artist envisioned, then added the year to the back of it (along with the artist’s name).
- Flour – Just regular all-purpose flour.
- Salt – I used Morton Iodized Salt.
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Cups (1 cup and 1/2 cup)
- Paint Brushes and Paint – we bought Red, White, Yellow, Blue, Green . We mixed the colors together to make others. This brand comes in washable too, but I avoided it to prevent any fading.
- Cookie Cutters
- Glitter (optional)
- Clear Acrylic Gloss Spray – This is totally optional. I used it so that our ornaments will last even longer. This seals the ornament and makes them much more durable. You could use Polyurethane too.
I made a batch for each of my kids. They were able to make about 10 ornaments each. et up your area. The process is simple:
First // Mix 1 part salt with 2 parts flour. So if you use 1/2 cup of salt, you’ll need 1 cup of flour. That’s the measurement I used for each batch. Tip: Mix the flour and salt together first, then add the water.
Second // Sprinkle some flour on your table surface or countertop, place dough on the surface. Knead until soft. It’ll feel like really good quality play dough :) . Tip: Do this at your kitchen table. It’ll be easier for the kids to sit around the table while you supervise their craftiness.
Third // Once dough is soft. Roll it out with your rolling-pin. Don’t make it too thin. You want the dough to be rolled out to about 1/4 of an inch. We had some come out a bit thinner, and it’s no big deal. But it’s a good gauge so you don’t over do it.
Fourth // Use your cookie cutters (or creativity) to cut out shapes. Holiday themed cookie cutters would be ideal. We thought we had some but when we sat down to do this – we realized we didn’t, so we just used what we had on hand. I kind of love them even more because they “break the mold” of Christmas ornament shapes!
Fifth // Bake at 250 from 4-6 hours. You want to bake them slow so they don’t puff up too much. You’ll know they are ready when they aren’t squishy any more. The baking just dries them out.
Sixth // Once baking is done, let them cool a bit. Then let your little artists have at it! We used paint and glitter. We also sprayed ours with Acrylic Gloss Spray for durability.
That’s it! :) Here’s the final result!
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