I found another recipe for salt dough and decided to attempt making ornaments again – this time, using cookie cutters. The recipe varied quite a bit from our first go-around and I was curious to see if the results would be better. They were. The ornaments were a much better texture and they were hard right out of the oven. (I didn’t need to dry them out for days before they hardened. In fact, my original set of salt dough handprint ornaments are still somewhat flexible – but they are also much thicker than this set.)
Here’s the simple recipe I used for making salt dough:
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. salt
1/2 c. water (I actually used a little more than 1/2 c., but you should add gradually to ensure the consistency doesn’t become too moist. You should be able to roll out the dough with a rolling pin without it breaking apart, but it shouldn’t be too wet/sticky. You may add more flour if necessary.)
Roll the dough out to about 1/8″ thick, then cut with cookie cutters. You may use a toothpick, bamboo skewer, or a straw to cut out a hole to accomodate your string/ribbon for hanging.
Bake for 2 hours at 200F, flipping about every 30 minutes to ensure that the edges don’t curl up. Once it cools, you may paint with acrylic paints, embellish with glitter, and finish with varnish.
Visit the original site at Just Crafty Enough for detailed instructions that I found very helpful.
I don’t know if I’m the only one with this problem, but I am a perfectionist. When I do crafts with my 3-year-old, I do my best to leave those tendencies aside and just let Lil’ K have fun with it. I don’t always succeed. Sometimes I find myself micromanaging her to achieve a desired result with the craft. I also cringe when I see her squeezing an entire tube of glitter glue on a single ornament and leaving the blob as is, then reaching for a new tube of glitter glue to attack another ornament. But, I really tried to let her do her own thing this time. Years from now, it will be endearing to see ornaments on the tree that are clearly made by a 3-year-old that were not “fixed” by mom.
Originally posted on my (now-private) blog, Champuru.net in November 2011.