Looking for a fun, easy craft to make with the kids? Presents for grandparents? Salt dough ornaments are easy to make, and all round great family fun.
Things You'll Need
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- food coloring
Mix flour and salt together. Add water and food coloring; mix until well combined.
Form mixture into a ball and knead very well for 5 to 10 minutes until smooth. For best results, don't skimp on this step; the ornaments will come out better with lots of kneading! Not enough kneading can lead to a brittle ornament. If you do not plan to bake it right away, put the dough in a reclosable plastic bag to ensure it does not dry out.
Roll out the dough, and use Christmas shaped cookie cutters to cut out the ornaments. Depending on the size of the cookie cutters, you can make a lot of ornaments -- perhaps 40 to 50. Remember to punch a hole at the top for stringing ribbon. For a cute grandparent gift, use your child's hand or foot to make an imprint on the ornament.
Bake at a low oven setting -- 250 degrees Fahrenheit -- for about 2.5 hours, or until the ornaments appear hard and dry. Let cool overnight.
The next day, paint with acrylic paint and seal with an acrylic varnish for durability. Add a ribbon for hanging, and you are done.
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