Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

Want to make your own Christmas decorations? Ever tried Salt Dough? You will love this and so will the kids.

Salt Dough is cheap, easy and fun.

We have made our own decorations this year and my grandsons enjoyed every minute of it, so did I.

What you will need.

Salt dough. (recipe to follow)

A baking sheet and grease proof paper.

Christmas cookie cutters.

Poster paint or acrylics in Christmas colours.

Glitter.

Paint brushes.

Varnish.  (Craft varnish is best but I used wood varnish and I know someone who used boat varnish. I’m not sure about the safty of wood and boat varnish so best the adults do this bit.)

Plus some very narrow ribbon or paper clips.

The Salt Dough recipe

For the decorations in the picture above we used…

One large mug of plain flour. (I think it is also called All Purpose Flour)

Half a mug of Salt

Half a mug of warm water

Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Using your hands, bring the dough into a nice firm ball. You don’t want it too sticky so have some extra flour to hand. When it’s mixed it will look just like bread dough.  Place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for five minutes, then let the dough stand for a quarter of and hour. Now it is ready to used. See I said it was quick and easy didn’t I? Now comes the fun bit.

Roll the dough out to about 1/2 to 1cms (1/4 to1/2 inch) and let the kids loose with the cookie cutters. When they have had their fill of fun, which could take a while, place the cut outs on to the greaseproof lined baking tray, make holes in the tops with a straw, for the ribbon to go through,  and bake at 100 degrees C (200F or 1/4 gas) for about 2 to 3 hours.

Let them cool and paint, glitter and varnish.

This is a great way to spend an afternoon with the whole family. You can even watch the TV while you are doing it.