Salt Dough Decorations

Just over two weeks until Christmas! I’m not really sure where the time has gone. Anyone put their decorations up yet? In our house hold, I tend to insist that they go up 2 weeks before the big day.

This year we aren’t having a real tree, mostly because little man is at an age where, to be honest it would be more stress than it’s worth. We are trying to get into the Christmas spirit by doing some Christmas type crafts. In an earlier blog I mentioned that I wanted to do a couple of blog posts with some simple decoration ideas. Well here’s the first one. Today we’re making Salt Dough Stars 🙂

To make salt dough take 1 mug of salt; 1 mug of water; 2 mugs of plain flour (it doesn’t have to be mugs, as long as you use 2 parts flour, 1 part salt and 1 part water) and mix it all together in a bowl.

Knead until it become a dough.

(Before you think that I either have very little hands or a massive bowl; that is little man helping me.)

Roll out and cut into desired shape (I used cookie cutters). Don’t forget to make a hole for the ribbon to go through.

Because they don’t cook at a very high temperature, if you want to, you can add glass beads, like I have. Once ready, you can either bake them in an oven at 100oC for 3-4 hrs, or leave to dry out (this will take up to 48 hours but does mean that you don’t have to cook them). Here’s a fuller recipe and instructions from ‘Make it, Mend it’.

Once dry, paint; glue; glitter, or whatever you want. Thread with a ribbon and they are ready to go on the tree!

ps. This is a great craft for doing with little people. I got 3 separate afternoon activities out of this (baking, painting then glue/glittering).

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