Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Salt Dough Ornaments

For our first batch of homemade ornaments, my little helper (Elliot) and I whipped up a batch of salt dough.

1 cup salt
2 cups flour
1 cup warm water

Mix salt and flour in KitchenAid then slowly blend in warm water. If you are making ornaments or anything with detail, use the dough within 1 hour of making. It can also be stored in a zip lock in the fridge if you use it like play dough. To harden the dough bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Once cooked, the ornaments can be painted and glazed (I used a clear spray varnish). I also dressed up most of my ornaments with bits of ribbon and felt. The great thing about salt dough is that it can be used to make very detailed ornaments or very simple ones. My helper was very content rolling the dough and cutting out shapes with cookie cutters; while I was busy sculpting little gnomes, reindeer, and wreaths.

Ornaments after baking, ready to be painted.

My helper, hard at work.

Gnomes before varnish and felt embellishments

Mrs. Gnome

Mr. Gnome

Wreath and candy cane embellished with ribbon.


bashtree said...

Those are so cute!

Stacey said...

I love the little gnomes! Such a fun idea!


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