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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Salt Dough Ornaments

I simply love crafts that are fun to make, the entire family can get involved, make great gifts and can be personalized. Oh yes we are talking about salt dough ornaments. What else only takes 3 ingredients can be adapted and created using the artist imagination and make awesome gifts for teachers, grandparents or anyone you know that you would love to give a small gift to.

Salt dough ornaments can also be easily painted using tempera or acrylic paint. They can also be decorated before being baked so that they have the appearance that the artist is looking for.

One great way to use salt dough ornaments is as gift tags. It gives the gifts personality and the giver will love them as well. Use a sharpie to write on ornaments.

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water

Mix together flour and salt.  Then mix in the warm water.  Mix until you have a dough that is similar in consistency to pie crust.  Take the dough and place it on a floured surface.  Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.  Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutters you could use a glass to cut circles.  Put the shapes on a cookie sheet.  Then take a sharp object (I used a meat thermometer) to put a small hole in each shape where you will insert the ribbon. Make sure the hole goes all the way through the dough, because it will close up slightly while baking.  Bake the salt dough ornaments for 4 to 6 hours at 200 degrees or until hardened.  Paint and decorate as desired

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