Friday, 2 December 2011

Salt Dough Ornaments - Part 1

One of the challenges that I intended to do this time last year but didn't get around to was making salt dough ornaments with Rascal. I am glad to report that today was FINALLY the day!

I love crafting with Rascal and must admit that I don't do it nearly often enough.

We made two batches of dough- one natural colour and one red (well actually it turned out more pink!). For each batch I used:
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup flour (I had to add extra flour)
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water (if you are going to add food colouring then add it to the water before mixing everything together)
Mix together and kneed for 5 minutes (the longer you kneed, the smoother your dough).

I love how when you craft with little ones, some days they share your vision of the finished article and other days they decide that your way is boring and there really is a more creative way to proceed.

Todays crafting effort fell into the latter category as Rascal was quite adament that she was making "carrots"(!?!) I'm not sure if they are supposed to hang on the tree, but here they are:

Laughing that she was also insistent that pigs and butterflies are essential Christmas tree decorations!?!

Our ornaments were baked in the oven at a temperature of  200C. I cooked the first batch for 45 mins and some unfortunately became pretty brown. The second batch were only cooked for about 20mins. I reckon we'll let them dry in the sun for a few days before attempting painting or varnish.
The less successful ones- Hopefully a few of these can be saved with a lick of paint
We'll be back when they are completely finished. I reckon that some look quiet promising so far, what do you think?

Challenge #6- (With help from Rascal make dough Christmas tree decorations for our tree)- WORK IN PROGRESS

As I so often do, I'm joining with Paisley Jade and all her life loving friends and also the crafty people celebrating Creative Friday at Natural Suburbia

Last calls for the Stickytiki giveaway (it closes Sunday)


  1. Cute! Will you varnish them? We made some a few years ago now and they're still going strong.

  2. salt dough, neat...i think i might give these a go once the kids are a little bigger, or maybe for next year lol...they look neat

  3. I remember making these! Yours look like they turned out well, the pig is my favorite!~

  4. Pig = Christmas ham? Lol. Lovely ornaments. What a fab idea <3

  5. Pigs and butterflies are totally necessary ornamants at Christmas time! haha - so cute. I really love the look of them!!

  6. I used to make these with my mother!

    Blessings, Debbie

  7. I tried a number of different media, working with my kids. We did salt dough, but we also had success with a strange recipe that required crustless, squished white bread and elmer's glue. That actually produced a nice kind of less mat finished product that had a much smoother texture. I did this with the kids - oh, like twenty five years ago? Maybe even a little more, and we still hang them on the tree. The salt dough is so rough, even when you varnish them, the texture is heavy. But who cares, right? You and your child will look at them later and see nothing but love.

  8. We haven't done salt dough as yet, and I think yours look pretty good. I like the idea of handmade ornaments on the tree, think we might try these over the holidays.

  9. Hi! Wow, that looks so much fun and they are really wonderful for Christmas decoration!

  10. Okay are we tuning into the same wave length or something? I just bought some new cookie cutters to do the same thing! They look great and great to see your flexi frame... they're great to work with aren't they?

  11. They're so cute! Must give these a go at some point....maybe next year :-)

  12. These are awesome! My mom used to do these with my sis and I when we were kids. I don't know why I haven't done them with my grandkids! Found you on Things I'm Loving linky. :) New follower!

  13. What a great idea..I'm always looking for crafty things to keep little people out of mischief! And what a stroke of genius to colour the dough..Do you think it would work for glitter too?....hmmmm I'm thinking there may be some burnage there...
    Thankyou for the idea and recipe..defo having a go this week! :)xx


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