Whether you’re a craft fan or not, these super simple salt dough decorations will make perfect stocking fillers for grandparents and keep little ones entertained now the days are getting shorter. With just three ingredients and a ratio based recipe, you can make as much or as little as you like.
Here’s what you’ll need:
I’m pretty sure most people will have these in their cupboards. However, the following are all optional and you could definitely make do without them.
- Cotton bud
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Sparkly thread or twine.
My girls scooped one cup of flour (plain or self raising both seem to work fine) and half a cup of regular table salt into a bowl. They then used their hands to combine as I slowly added half a cup of water. Hands gets a bit messy but the mess is pretty self contained.
Once they’d combined it, I washed their hands. Then, I got the dough to the right consistency and divided it in half. To make some green dough for Christmas trees, I just squirted in some premix green paint and worked it in. I did a little at a time but added quite a lot overall as the colour fades as the dough dries.
Next we rolled out the dough and used cookie cutters to cut out festive shapes. The dough shapes were then placed on a baking tray. For the stacked trees, I used a dab of water to bind the smaller tree on top of the larger one.
Get creative with your decorating
The girls created some pretty fingerprint designs. Sometimes, not enough paint transfered and so a quick dot with a cotton bud, filled in the prints. I then used a skewer to make a hole in each ornament so that they could be threaded and hung on the tree.
To dry out the dough you can use a few different methods. You can simply leave them for a day or so, put them in a very low heated oven for a few hours or play a game of chicken and use your microwave. If you chose the last option, be warned that 20 second bursts are all you need.
Finally when they are dry, simple thread with some twine or thread and hey presto your decorations are done.