Making salt dough decorations are a lovely Christmas activity to do with children and they also give you the opportunity to make more creative decorations for your tree or general Yule celebrations. This is a fail safe recipe with a few tricks I have picked up on along the way;
You will need:
- 1 cup plain flour – this is roughly 130g but what is important is to have the same quantity of flour and salt
- 1 cup salt
- up to 1 cup of water
- Acrylic Paint
- PVA Glue
What to do:
1. Mix together the dry ingredients then pour in the water, bit by bit until it mixes together to form a dough. If it’s too sticky add some more flour. It should be workable and just dry enough that none should come off on your fingers. My daughter added too much water at this point and we had to then keep adding flour to dry it up – it still came out fine though.
2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and choose some cookie cutters to cut shapes, or make up your own. We used a combination of Christmas shapes, dinosaurs (my daughter loves dinosaurs) and free hand shapes like hearts. The stars came our particularly good, as did some freehand holly leaves. Most importantly use your imaginations!
3. Stick a straw near the top of each shape so that a ribbon can later be threaded through the hole – if like our during the baking process the hole closes over a bit and you struggle to get the ribbon through – wait until the shapes are really hard (24 hours if possibly) and you can drill a bigger hole in them – honestly this works really well!
4. Lay the shapes on a baking sheet and cook at 100 degrees C for 2-3 hours, turning half way through if the shapes are thick.
5. When dry, they can be painted and decorated acrylics work best and you may have to do several coats so this could take a while. Use PVA glue when the paint has dried seal the paint and also you can add glitter or sequins, or anything you like. Then thread the holes with ribbon, raffia and string.