Thursday, November 3, 2011

Salt Dough Snowflake Ornaments

 Most everyone has memories of the Christmas tree they had when they were little.  I have a lot of memories about what ours looked liked.  It was a fresh tree that my dad and I would cut down. Then I would sit for hours and watch my dad untangle and then try to make our flower petal-muti-colored lights work. Hours of pulling light bulb after light bulb to make sure they all worked and replacing the ones that didn't.  I thought we would never get to decorate the tree.  Thank God for the lights we have now...you know if one bulb burns out they don't all go out!
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We would string the multi-colored lights, gaudy gold or silver garland and of course tinsel icicles! The ornaments were a collections of my great grandma's vintage ornaments that she had passed down, a collection of handmade school ornaments and salt dough ornaments that my mom had made when parents first married.  I remember thinking that we had the best tree ever.  I especially have a fond memory for the salt dough ornaments (my mom will never understand why). So I decided to bring back some of that vintage flair!

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.


 
I decorated mine with Tulip fabric paint (silver and pearl) and rhinestones, but the possibilities are endless.  Use your imagination and start creating memories today!

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7 comments:

  1. Nifty! Have you ever added cinnamon? mmm...it makes them smell so yummy and gives them a "primitive" look.

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  2. I was over at Miss Mustard Seed and noticed your comment about at 10x10' space with mustard yellow pegboard. I'm setting up my first booth ever on Monday and I'm so excited. I was very excited to find out that we can cover the peg board with anything that can be stapled to it. Right now I'm thinking unbleached muslin...everyone I saw there that decorated theirs did wallpaper.
    Your post reminded of a couple things...sitting and waiting FOREVER while dad put the lights on the tree, certain it would be January before he finished. And the salt dough...when I was 6 or 7 we made little wreaths at school as a gift for our parents. I was SOOO excited about it...the first night it was on our tree, our doberman ate half of it and I was devastated, but my mom still hangs that silly thing on the tree every year. It looks like a chewed up dog bone.
    I had totally forgotten about that until I read your post. While your mustard walls wouldn't be my first color choice, your tree looks so beautiful that I didn't even notice!

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  3. Congrats on setting up your space! It's a lot of fun! I'm not sure we can do that...I will have to check. It's a great Idea. How would you put the peg board hooks thru the muslin? I can't afford to lose the wall space. I know they would not allow wallpaper. Your memories sound WAY TOO FAMILIAR!!! Good to know I am not alone. However, I wouldn't trade those memories for anything! Glad I could spark your memory! Thanks for your kind comments on the tree! Thanks again! Here's to xmas memories!

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  4. Your little helper is just adorable. Wish I had one of those:) Cute ornaments too. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party. Good luck on your space too.

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  5. Oh, I just love your tree, you did a splendid job on the decorations...I'm a new follower, please drop by when you have a chance.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous ornaments! I was not familiar with the dough ornaments but they do sound like a lovely tradition for Christmas. I would love for you to share your post at my party tomorrow.
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  7. @Debbiedoo- thanks...we like our little helper too!Thanks for the well wishes and kind comments!

    @Decorating with Cents...stopping by in a moment haven't had time yet, but thank you for your kind comments.

    @TheShadyPorch -Thank you, Thank you! Glad I shared! I will have to check your party! Thanks for sharing.

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