Monday, 23 November 2015

DIY | Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments


These salt dough Christmas ornaments are something I've been wanting to make for a couple of years, I decided this year to finally give it a go and share it with you all. This DIY definitely wasn't as straight forward as I imagined! I found that the dough was quite sticky even after kneading and still stuck to the floured surface, I struggled along but after some research I've found that if it happens to you just leave to dough out for 15-20 minutes to dry out a little. 

So there aren't as many photos of the process as I would like, I was ready to throw them out the window, then my dogs tried to eat them when I was putting their paw print on...

Like I said, I was set on making the paw print ornaments, one for each of my dogs, I didn't know how much dough I would have left over but I had enough for a little Santa boot and a gingerbread man and women! 

Obviously you can decorate them with whatever you want but I decided on glitter. So no more babbling, here's what you'll need - 

1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of salt 
1/2 cup of water 
Pen/straw for poking holes
PVA glue & paintbrush
Variety of glitter
Ribbons
Sharpies

Method - 

1. Preheat your oven to 130 degrees C. Line a baking tray with foil or parchment paper. 

2. In a large bowl mix together flour, salt and water. Knead mixture together for 30 seconds. Roll out dough onto a floured surface about 2/3cm thick. To get the round shape use a mug or cup, just use Christmas cutters for other shapes. 

3. Place to cutouts onto the tray about 2cm apart and bake for 2-3 hours or until the dough is completely dry, if you take them out before this time they can crack. 

4. Once out the oven, place the ornaments on a wire rack to cool. This is where you can get creative, for my ornaments I painted them with PVA glue then dusted them with different coloured glitter and shaking off the excess. I've also written the dogs names on with a Sharpie. 

5. The last step is to thread through whatever kind of ribbon you like to make sure they hang from the Christmas tree! 

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