With Christmas around the corner we set out to make some salt dough Christmas ornaments for the tree. Craft in this house with three children at three and under is messy, so pleased be warned, however if you are a sensible person with sensible age gaps or you only have one child you may find this a breeze! Regardless of the mess it was great fun, and my sister has already claimed an ornament from her nephew for her tree!
To make the salt dough you will need:
2 cups of flour (plain)
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water
Mix it all together until you have a good dough; if you need to add more water do this gradually so it does not become sticky, and if it get sticky ass a little more flour!
Roll out your dough (evenly) although my children did not get this concept so our ornament are an arrangement of thicknesses!
Using shape cutters – play dough ones or cookie ones or cut out cardboard templates and cut round create your shapes! Use a pencil tip to make a hole where you plan to hang it.
You can then leave them to dry out for about 36-48 hours or put them in the oven on about 100 degrees for three to four hours. my oven is fan assisted and I still think it was too hot and they bubbled a bit, so low and slow is the key!
Once cooled and dried you can decorate.
We opted for a metallic bronze colour – and then we dolloped on some glue and added some sparkles. I wanted gold and silver to match the decoration but was opposed by BBwho wanted pink! They clash but I am ignoring that. He loved it!
Then we used glittery pipe cleaners to thread through to hand as the wire makes the threading easier and also no fiddlely knots!
Complete. My sister has claimed the star, so we are left the gingerbread man who I love and the bell…which may get lost! (Is that mean?) We did have a reindeer and some more shapes but twins managed to get to them after the cooling phase and attempted to eat one (they were disappointed) and threw the others, so they smashed!)
We did have floury fun and craft is not always about the perfect end result – well certainly not when I am assisting, but the kids love it. Hope this give you a rainy day idea.
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