Monday, December 22, 2014

Salt Dough Ornament Craft

Salt Dough Ornament Crafts will make family night loads of fun.  Christmas is a very fun holiday for dusting off your rolling pin and the cookie cutters.  This season, my family and I made salt dough ornaments for our school classroom, family and friends.  If you are like me, then you will enjoy giving away these beautiful handmade gifts.  I feel that handmade gifts are made with love and help inspire others to love a little more.

We had lots of fun making this craft on a Saturday afternoon.  I have to say that I baked the ornaments ahead of time to make it more enjoyable.  I suggest you do the same to enjoy the painting part.  By the way, save this recipe for Valentine's day because you can use it to make heart shaped gifts for the ones you love.  Enjoy the holidays and share your love with these cute handmade ornaments.
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Ingredients


4 cups of flour
1 cup of Salt
1 ½ cups of warm water

Additional things you will need


Rolling pin
1 cup of flour for coating rolling pin
Cookie cutters
Cookie sheets
Paint, glitter, beads, decorations
Glue, clear polyurethane to preserve (optional)
Parchment paper
Unsharpened pencil to make a hole for hanging
Timer

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
  1. Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is workable.  Flour your rolling pin and surface where you will be rolling the dough.
  2. Place parchment paper on cookie sheets before placing the salt dough ornaments.
  3. Roll the dough on a flat  floured surface about 1/8 inch thick.
  4. Using the cookie cutters, cut the dough into desired shapes.
  5. Make sure to use a pencil to make holes for hanging.
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Bake at 300 degrees F or 150 degrees C for approximately 30 minutes. Make sure you check 5 minutes before the timer goes off to make sure they don’t burn.  (You are looking for the dough to get hard. Some recipes call for 45 minutes to an hour. I only used 30 minutes and it was still okay.  If the dough rises and puffs up, then just push down with a flat hand and oven mitt to make the cookie flat again.
Allow for the ornaments to cool off before painting. (I waited until the next day to paint and decorate.)  Use colorful paints and glitter to make it a fun event.  Allow for the paint to dry and then preserve with clear polyurethane.
*It's optional to use the clear polyurethane.


I have received many handmade ornaments over the years that I still hang every year on our Christmas tree.  Some of these ornaments go back as far as 20 years ago from gift exchanges that I attended.  When I hang them on the tree, they bring back fond memories of fun moments I shared with my friends and family.  I hope this inspires you to make special memories with your family and friends.  Keep the love and compassion alive.  Happy Holidays to all of you from family and I. 

Merry Christmas!!! 
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