If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I wanted a Christmas tree for our space at the antique mall. That meant having ornaments to sell. Here are some that I made.
The last ones I made were the salt dough snowflake ornaments.
Salt dough is super easy to make, a very CHEAP...maybe I should say FRUGAL, sounds better! It's perfect to get the kids involved and turn the family Christmas tree into a family work of art. Not to mention wonderful memories you create, plus you save a TON of money in the mean time.
What you will need:
4 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup table salt
1 1/2 cups warm to hot water
(I would lean more towards hot than warm)
Add ingredients in the order given and then stir. It will begin to form a ball. Once it's to this point, start using your hands and knead it like you were making bread. If the dough is too sticky...gradually add more flour. If the dough is too dry, gradually add more water. There is not an exact science to this. The amounts above are just a good starting point. Once you have your dough completely mixed...it's time to create. Sprinkle your work surface with flour, roll out your dough with a rolling pin and use the cookie cutters of your choice.
Bake in a 250* oven. Bake for 30 min. on one side, flip your ornament and bake an additional 30 minute. This is an important step. If you do not flip them, they tend to want to puff up. They are not as pretty when they do this, plus it makes them more fragile. I found the snowflake ornaments took any where from 1 to 1.5 hours. These baked much faster than others I have done. I am assuming it's because I cut out the small shapes in the center. The "Giving Thanks" garlands took almost 6-8 hours to bake.
|"Giving Thanks" salt dough garland. Painted with water colors|
Needless to say, bake in 30 minute increments and check for done-ness (is this a word?.. for today it is). You will know when they are done because they will be hard. If they are still soft or look wet they need to bake longer. Here is the completed project.