Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments: Salt Dough
Yesterday while we were in the midst of having our house painted, I decided to try to occupy Clayton (almost 3yrs) with a craft. Not having many options in my craft bags, I opted for whipping up a batch of Salt Dough.
As I picked a few Christmas/Winter theme cookie cutters out, Clayton informed me that there were Reindeer cutters in his playdough bucket. So, here is what we produced on a whim!
Salt Dough Recipe:
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1/2 Cup Salt
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1 Tbsp Veg. Oil *
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice **
NOTE: Oil and Lemon Juice are optional
Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl to form a sticky dough. remove from bowl and kneed for about 2 minutes. The dough is easy to work with and you can create cut outs or free form creations.
Once all shapes are ready, place in oven at low temp (200 degrees), for about 3 hours.
Once cooled, Paint or colour the ornaments. We used washable markers on ours this time. It is easier for little ones to control, but painting is ALWAYS fun.
* Vegetable Oil makes the dough easier to kneed and a little less dry.
**Lemon Juice helps the dough to harden when baked.