Sunday, December 26, 2010

Salt Dough Ornaments

Snowy day here - schools were actually closed yesterday and 223 more today!  Decided we needed to make a little Christmas.  Broke out a recipe for salt dough and went to town.

The kids found the dough quite hard to work with - it's a very stiff dough especially when cold.  Once we kneaded it well, it rolled well and was decently easy to work with.  I got out the 100 piece cookie cutter set and we made a nice big mess.  (I think we still have some dough to pick up off the floor.)

The one thing we had trouble with is the dough drying out enough.  The recipe we used said to bake for 20-25 mins at 300.  That was not nearly enough.  Even after 35 mins some of the ornaments were not yet "cooked".  So they're back in the oven for another 5-10 to continue the drying process.

Here's the salt dough recipe we used.  Found in several places on the internet...

4 cups AP flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups water

Kneed until smooth and easy to work with (takes a while!!!!).

Roll out and cut into shapes, use cookie cutters, make hand prints, etc.

Bake 300 for 20+ minutes

Cool and paint with acrylic paints.  Spray with varnish to water protect and make them shiny.

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