Do you want those beautiful and delicate Christmas decorations without the ‘not so delicate’ price tag?
I’ve been seeing salt dough ornaments for a while now on Pinterest, so I thought it was about time I attempt some for myself…. Plus what better time than to try it at Christmas.
I’m going to keep it quite simple and leave the design to the paint work!
For my salt dough creation I decided on a combination of tree ornaments and decorative tags to add on peoples presents. I love the idea of the present tags as it gives a true personal touch and makes the gift wrapping look 10 times more creative. Plus, if you decorate them properly they can be added to each person’s Christmas tree after they open the present, making it a 2in1 gift!
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- 1 cup salt
- 2 cup flour (I only had brown flour available, but this won’t be noticeable when the ornaments have been painted)
- 1 cup hot water
For more dough just increase the ingredients working at a 1:2:1 ratio of salt:flour:water.
E.g. 2 cup salt, 4 cup flour and 2 cup water would double the recipe.
1. Combine salt and flour in a large mixing bowl.
2. Slowly add the hot water, a little at a time, until a dough forms.
You may not need the full cup of water as the dough may become too wet and sticky, so judge it as you go. 3. Cover the bowl in cling film and leave in a warm/dry place to let the dough cool and dry out for 2 hours.
4. Pre-heat oven to 120 degrees.
5. Knead dough on a floured surface.
6. Roll out your dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut the shapes you want your ornaments to be.
7. Add any detail which you want indenting onto the ornaments e.g. words, dots, lines.
I just used different shaped bottle lids as cutters (perfume bottle tops are good), then straws, cocktail sticks and old jewellery for indenting designs (as the dough isn’t going to be eaten you don’t need to worry about what tools you use).If you’re making décor for your tree I am, then using the end of a straw, cut a small hole at the top of each ornament for string to thread through. With the left over dough, I made 2 small baubles and pushed a small hanging hook in the top for attaching them to the tree later. 8. Place in the oven at 120 degrees for 3 hours.
9. Set aside to cool for about 1 hour.
10. Sand the rough edges down with sand paper until smooth.
11. Paint your salt dough ornaments and allow to dry before adding the string.
I painted a white base coat before finishing off the painted detail. If you use white flour, you may not need the base coat.DONE! Your own handmade, beautiful and cost effective Christmas decorations.
If you give this a go, please take pictures and tag me on Instagram @getittogether_blogs so I can see them!
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Merry Christmas all 🎄