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Salt dough tree decorationsCreated by Jean Hindmarch in Age: At School, Age: Pre-school, Seasonal, Things to do
- 1 cup of salt
- 2 cups of cheap all purpose flour
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- Mix salt and flour into bowl then add half a cup of water to start, troche then keep adding until you get a soft dough that comes away clean from bowl a little like pastry. If the mixture is too wet, bronchi then add a little more flour and if it is too dry, then add a bit more water. Kneed on work top for about 5-10 minutes until smooth and pliable. At this point it is good to leave it to rest for 20 minutes before use but if you are in a rush this is not necessary.
- Now the fun bit… roll out until it is about 1cm or ½ inch thick and using whatever cutters you have, even upturned cups will do. Let your little people cut out the shapes or free hand with a plastic knife, and when that’s done use a straw to put holes in for hanging up. Make sure these are not too near edge or they will break.
- Use cocktail sticks to put in details like smile, eyes etc. .The hair on our angels was done by pushing a small piece of dough through a garlic press and sticking on with a little water. Do all of this before baking of course! The reindeer are gingerbread men upside down, this was a tip I got from another granny on Grannynet who put a link up for gingerbread deer! With what was left, my boys wanted to make their Mammies a necklace, so we rolled it a little thinner and cut out squares.
- There are a few ways to dry them out. Place on non-stick paper on a baking tray or a silicone sheet (cheap one in £ shop ideal) and bake in a low oven about 90 degrees for about 4 hours or until dry this will vary from oven to oven.
- They can also be placed on a tray again on non-stick surface and put in a airing cupboard or a warm room to air dry this will take 2-3 days and you must turn them each day.
- Finally they can also be put on a plate and dried in the microwave which takes about 3 mins depending on the size and thickness, this tends to make them bubble but is ideal for impatient children.
- Once the shapes are fully dried, let the little people free range with paint, glitter etc. Acrylic is good but poster paint works just as well and tacky school glue is good for glitter etc, messy but fun!
- Once everything is fully dry again if you wish to keep them for years to come coat with a non-yellowing varnish. I use a spray can varnish when using glitter and stick on things and several layers are needed to fully seal the decorations. I also put the date on the back so you can always remember making them.
- Thread ribbon through holes and you’re ready to hang them up. Another way to hang them is before they are baked push a paper clip or bent wire into the back (remember you can’t put those ones into microwave).
Don’t expect shop bought quality and remember this is your little ones work, so you will end up with some very interesting decorations! Last year my youngest grandson who was 3 at the time painted all his black and sludgy yellow, awful but he loved them and my oldest who was 7 at the time made his gingerbread man shapes into zombies!
Have a wonderful time and Merry Christmas!