Salt Dough Christmas decorations. Fun for the kids of all ages.
Salt dough is a favourite for most kids (and grown ups!). Making salt dough Christmas decorations is my all time favourite.
This weekend my daughter, grandsons and me all made this years Christmas decorations for the tree, and we had hours of fun doing it. Even my two year old grandson had fun cutting figures and getting covered in paint.
I’ve seen salt dough recipes on line, but I thought I would give you the recipe here so that you don’t have to go searching for it. Salt dough can be used for all sorts of model making, but Christmas decorations is a family favourite in my house.
Two cups of plain flour (I’m not sure what this is called in other countries but here in the UK it is just called ‘plain flour’.)
One cup of salt
One cup of water
Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl to form a dough, use extra flour if it is too sticky but be careful, you don’t want it too dry either.
Cover the dough with a dry cloth and leave to stand for about half an hour before use.
We use cookie cutters most of the time, but I have made my own decorations and models too. If you do not have cookie cutters then try cutting shapes from card board, they will work just as well, but you might have to help the little one’s with their cutting.
You can either air dry your decorations and models, which will take about two to three days for Christmas tree decorations made with cookie cutters, or oven dry, which will take a few hours.
To oven dry set your oven to … 100 degrees C (200 F) or ¼ for Gas.
Before putting them in the oven don’t forget to make holes in the tops for string or thread to hang them on the tree with. We used a lolly stick, which was safe for the boys to use themselves, but you could use a knitting needle if the children don’t mind you making holes for them.
Allow your models to dry for approx two to three hours in the oven.
Make sure you leave a small gap between your dec’s on the baking tray or they might stick together while drying.
When dry and cooled on a wire cooler they are ready to paint.
I’ve used acrylic paint and poster paint before now and with each I’ve had good results. You might need bigger brushes for the smaller children and finer one’s for the older children so that they can add more detail to their pieces.
Any wood varnish will work well but make sure you use a clear varnish, you don’t want to ruin your efforts with the wrong one now!
Don’t let small children use normal wood varnish. It isn’t child safe. You can get modelling varnish from most craft shops, but be sure to read the instructions no matter which you decide to use. A well ventilated room is a must either way.
Enjoy your Christmas decoration making and look out for my ‘Chocolate Fun Times’ post very soon.
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