for the last couple of years, we have made our own christmas decorations. this year will be very much the same. we start our crafty christmas with salt dough decorations. this is how we did ours.
you will need:
– 1 cup salt
– 2 cups flour
– 1 cup warm water
– a large mixing bow
– a rolling-pin
– cookie cutters, we used christmas trees, stars and hearts
– a cocktail stick or skewer
– optional rubber stamps
– string or thread to hang
mix the salt and the flour together, gradually add the water bit by bit, mixing and kneading with your hands until it all clumps together nicely as your dough.
place your cutter flat on and firmly onto the dough to cut out your desired shape. repeat until all the space is filled and then remove the excess from around your shapes and squish together ready for the next round.
use your cocktail stick or skewer to make holes at the top to use to hang later. make sure the holes are fairly generous as they tend to shrink a little through the drying process. we had bought some rubber stamps for another project but we choose to use these to stamp the words tree, star and heart onto the trees, stars and hearts! too clever eh?
you can dry these in the oven on a very low heat for around 3 hours, turn half way through and check the holes, maybe give them a poke if they are starting to shrink too much. if you dry in the oven they will puff up slightly and we were keen to keep them as flat as possible so we let them dry naturally. this took 3 days! hmm, bad move. once they were finally dry we got to painting them, use acrylic paints so that they don’t get mushy again.
once painted you may again just need to give the holes a quick poke with your stick of choice.
tie with string or thread and bobs your uncle. we also made some smaller ones and tied these to a long piece of string to make a garland.
so simple and so pretty. go on have a go.