December 1, 2011

Holiday Salt Dough Ornaments

Last week we decided (read: me not wanting to spend money on ornaments) to try our hand at making salt dough ornaments. I have never them as an adult and it seemed almost too easy, but it all worked out well. Here is the recipe we used:

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 10 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface.
Cut into desired shapes and make holes for hanging. Bake for 60 minutes, allow to cool.
Decorate with poster paints or tube paints. Allow to dry and spray with clear polyurethane on both sides to preserve. Use ribbon or yarn pieces to hang.

Honestly, I should have used a recipe with a longer baking time at a lower temperature, but we made these for a painting project later that day so we needed it to be quick. They turned out just fine. Just not as hard or dense as I was expecting.

Then we took them to school to paint. Camsters isn't quite two yet, but I volunteer teach ceramics at an elementary school so I used this project to pass the time for her.

I just gave her agreeable colors (read: colors that don't muddy up and turn everything an ugly brown) like yellow, orange, white, and metallic gold.

This kid loves painting. LOVES painting!

Then I sprinkled glitter on all the ornaments. Everything is better with glitter. Trust me.

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