Thursday, November 4, 2010

Salt Dough Ornaments

The week has been productive. If fall house cleaning and Christmas crafting is considered productive.
Matt has taken a week of leave to be home with us while the kids are off school for the "All Souls Holiday".
We decided to try a new craft this year for Arleigh to give as his gift. Salt dough ornaments.
Quick, easy, and the kids thought it was a ton of fun.

Here's the recipe if you're looking for an easy, quick, cheap, craft that could be used most any time of the year...
Salt Dough Ornaments
4 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
1-1/2 cups of hot water
holiday cookie cutters
decorations - glitter, paint, beads, etc.

1. One and a half times the dough recipe featured above is enough to make all the ornaments shown on our table in the photos, plus some extras. You will also need paint in red, green, white, and gold, plus glitter and trims such as beads, stars, pom poms, ribbon, and pipe cleaners.

2. Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut a variety of Christmas (or seasonal) figures. We made stars, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, stockings etc. Use a toothpick to make a hole for hanging, being sure to make the hole a larger than you will want as the hole will close a bit when baking.

3. Using a microwave-safe plate (not paper or cardboard), arrange the ornaments and keep them from touching. Microwave a plate of your ornaments for 1 to 4 minutes, increasing the time by 1 minute increments and keeping a close eye on the microwave as the ornaments bake. Microwave power levels differ greatly, so use high power in a less-powerful oven, but lower it if your oven tends to heat things very quickly. Our microwave took about 7 minutes per plate. Once we figured out how much time it took to dry a plate, the rest were done quickly. Let the ornaments cool completely before decorating.

They were really into this. Can you tell?
For those friends and family reading the blog, you'll just have to wait til Christmas to see what the rest of the kids crafted up. No peeking!
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Julia said...

Wow! Really, really neat. I can't wait to see them hanging from the tree!

The Mommy said...

Hi! So much fun! We like making those too and this year used white, modelling clay which I think make the craft quite a bit more expensive. The kids are really into a craft now called Pyssla from IKEA. Check it out. Very good for hand/eye co-ordination. Perfect for tiny fingers.