We made salt dough ornaments with our friends Krystal and Maya on Friday. Then they came back yesterday to paint and decorate them with us. Krystal and I had as much fun as Maia and Maya.
This was one of the activities on our advent calendar.
Here's how we make salt dough:
Mix 4 cups flour with 1 cup salt and 1 1/2 cups cold water. If it's too dry, add a bit more water. It's really that simple. You can store it, wrapped in plastic, in the fridge until you're ready to use it.
We roll the dough directly onto a sheet of parchment paper, cut our shapes with the cookie cutters, then pull off the excess dough and leaving the ornaments in place on the parchment paper. This keeps the ornaments from getting misshapen in transit. We just slip the parchment paper onto cookie sheets and then into the oven. It works well!
And once they bake (2-3 hours at 275 degrees F), they are very hard and easy to work with.
The painting and decorating stage was a big hit with the girls. Very big. Primarily due to the recent purchase of GLITTER.
They took their glitter application very seriously.
And there was no such thing as excess in their eyes. How can there be too much glitter?
The ornaments were lovely, glitter and all.
And dry enough to hang just before we headed off to Maia's first ballet class.
Have you worked with salt dough? Any tips?
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