Salt Dough Tree Decorations

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An easy-peasy way to get crafty with the kids and make some festive decorations at the same time!

You will need:

  • 1 portion of flour
  • 1 portion of salt
  • up to 2 portions of water

You can decide how big the portions are depending on how many decorations you want! Around a pint of water is enough to make a decent number of decorations but you can always make more if you’re really enthusiastic!

 

Method:

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then slowly add the water until the mixture forms a dough. If it’s too sticky, add some flour, but keep going until you get a dough that is easy to work and is dry enough that none sticks to your fingers.

2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface.

 

3. Choose your favourite biscuit cutter or mould: if you want simple shapes such as stars, hearts, trees etc. go for a cutter, and if you want something a bit more ambitious choose a mould with more detail.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA4. Push a straw through the dough near the top of each shape so that a ribbon can later be threaded through the hole.

5. Lay the shapes on a baking sheet and cook at 100 degrees C for 2-3 hours, turning half way through if the shapes are thick.

6. When dry, they can be painted and decorated using ordinary paints or metallic acrylics if you want a really special result! Use a little PVA glue when the paint has dried to add glitter, sequins, beads and other embellishments. Thread with raffia or thin ribbon and hang!

 

 

 

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