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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Salt Dough Ornaments

These I made these ornaments with my friend and neighbor, Sonya.  They took us 4 sittings to complete from start to finish, but it was so much fun! 

Sonya made the dough.  Here's how to do that:
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water 
  • Mix together, salt, flour, and water until dough is formed.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.
  I went to her house while my kids were napping.  It was a Sunday afternoon, so my husband was home. Yay!  We covered her kitchen table with wax paper and started sculpting.  We had bags of cookie cutters, trimmers, tweezers, bells and whistles... but we didn't use any of it, just our hands.  Sonya made all kinds of things from whales, to pickles, to farm animals.  I stuck to birds.  I wanted to buy a set of birds for my Christmas tree, but I decided to make them instead.  I did make a skate and wreath too, but mostly birds.  We ate apple pie and gabbed about our adorable kids, our messy husbands, and our nosey neighbors.

After you sculpt, or cookie cut, bake them in the oven at 250 for an hour.  Then, let air dry for another day.  We waited another week.  Then, we painted them!  We used acryllic paint.  Then, I hot glued on feathers and a ribbon to hang them.   I mod podged them and painted the beaks gold.  They were actually a lot of work.  But so worth it!  We'll have them for years to come.

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