December 25th, 2011 by

Handmade Salt Dough Ornaments

We made our first batch of salt dough ornaments this week. It was a real trial and error event, but it was fun nonetheless. The kids had a blast, and they never noticed mommy’s gritted teeth or silent cursing.

The dough was easy to make:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water.

The consistency was fine, I thought. However, as I tried to work with it, I realized it needed WAY MORE flour, so I added it as we went along. I put flour on the wax paper, and The Older was able to work pretty well with that.

We bought a whole set of Christmas cookie cutters at Bed, Bath & Beyond, so they had a lot to choose from. The angel was a big hit!

We baked the cutouts at 325′ for an hour. I’ve read all sorts of differing thoughts on this, but I was stuck because our oven’s lowest temperature is 325′. I think a lower heat for a bit longer would be better though, because ours came out a bit dark and raised. Not that the kids cared ;-)

From there we moved on to painting. The Younger had a blast with this part, and I have to say that I did too. I did learn not to use Crayola paints if you’re going to use lacquer to preserve your ornaments, because it tends to come off, so these are acrylics.

Now we’re just waiting for them to dry, and then we move on to dipping them in the lacquer. We’ll let them dry for 24 hours, then dip them again, and at that point they should then be ready to hang on the tree for Santa.  Can’t wait to see them!

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