Saturday, December 8, 2012

Salt Dough Ornaments

I followed this basic "recipe" I found online:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees (the key here is LOW & SLOW for "baking" them).
    2. Mix everything really well (if too dry you can add a bit more water, if too wet/sticky, you can add a LITTLE more flour).
    3. Roll out about 1/4 inch thick.
    4. Cut shapes as desired.
    5. Add hand/thumb prints.
    6. Make hole for ribbon (with a straw). *** NOTE: This is important because they could split if you have to drill a hole after they are dry! ***
    7. Bake for 2 hours.

    *** NOTE: Mine weren't completely dry on the bottoms after the 2 hour bake time so I flipped them over & baked for an additional hour. ***
    8. I let them air dry overnight to ensure they were ready for paint.

    9. We painted the backgrounds, then handprints/thumbprints. (For this I used regular acrylic paints found in the craft section of WalMart. I like acrylic because it's simple soap & water cleanup!)

    10. I let the paint dry for 24 hours then "sealed" them with some regular Elmer's glue. This sort of left a matte finish on them. You could also "seal" them first with glue, then paint to get the acrylic paint sheen to it OR you could use a gloss clear spray paint to seal them after you paint. You have a lot of options there.
    11. Whichever method you choose, let the "sealer" dry completely before adding ribbon & hanging on the tree.

    ONE FINAL NOTE: I repainted the handprint ornaments because they looked too matte finish for my taste. I left the other ones as they were.

    Here are photos of all my finished ornaments:

    WARNING: These ornaments are like ceramic so when they are finished they CAN and WILL break if you drop them! (Our youngest has already dropped her handprint ornament on the floor & it cracked in half. Going to have to super glue that one back together or remake hers completely).


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