Advent Window 14 : Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

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Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

Advent number 14

Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

A friend recently reminded me about the fabulous Salt Dough recipe for Christmas decorations, To cheer E & H up I thought it would be something fun to do one afternoon.
It gets messy! Salt Dough decorations 
What you need : 

  • Half cup Salt
  • Half cup Water
  • Full cup Flour
  • A rolling pin
  • Pastry cutters in various shapes
  • Some paint - you can use anything from acrylics to metallic sprays and glitter glue
  • A pinny - it's a messy business, especially when the kids get involved
Mixing the Salt dough

Method :

Step One: Make the Dough
The recipe for salt dough is half, half, whole. Half a cup of salt and half a cup of water to a whole cup of flour. Put the salt and flour into a bowl, then add the water slowly to the dry mix. After about ten minutes of kneading, it should form a soft, pliant ball.

If it's slightly too sticky, add more flour and if it's slightly too dry, add more water. If the dough still doesn't form a ball that you can mould into shapes, don't worry - the ingredients are so cheap, you can just throw it away and start again!

Step Two: Cut the Dough Into Shapes
Once you've got your ball, roll it out and cut it into shapes using pastry cutters. If it starts to dry out while you're moulding shapes, use a little bit of olive oil to moisturise the dough. If you're making hanging ornaments, don't forget to make a little hole for hanging.

Step Three: Harden the Shapes in the Microwave
Once the shapes are ready, they need two or three minutes in the microwave to harden them up. Put them onto a layer of greaseproof paper, on a plate.
If you don't have a microwave, you can leave them to air-dry for a day or two, or you can put them into a very low oven until they're hard. You might need to cover them with foil if they start to go brown before they're done!

Step Four: Paint the Decorations
Once the shapes are out of the oven, give them a while to cool down before starting to decorate them.
You can paint salt dough with pretty much any paint, from acrylics to metallic sprays.

Step Five: Appreciate the Result
They are so beautiful & I love that My children helped me make them.

Well boys will be boys. 
Salt Dough cutting
Salt dough 
Putting the salt dough into the microwave
I made a 'H' & 
A 'E' decoration
It looks good enough to eat! 
Finished decorating them
Emilyn decorating hers

Finished salt dough
Hanging looking lovely Salt Dough

Finished ! 


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