Saturday, December 18, 2010

Help your child get in the spirit of giving with salt dough ornaments

Asking your children to make something special for loved ones on the holidays is something I consider necessary.  With so many gifts coming their way, it's always nice for them to reciprocate.  Plus, I think little ones get a big kick out of the "ooo-ing" and "ahh-ing" that inevitably comes tumbling out of the mouths of relatives. 

These salt dough ornaments are something that your child will love to make and to give.  The dough is also great for just using like play-doh, too, if you aren't in the mood to go all the way with this activity.  This recipe comes from PaintCutPaste, one of my favorite go-to blogs for crafty ideas.

Salt Dough
4 cups flout
1 cup iodized salt
1.75 cups warm water
Mix and knead for 10 minutes

Roll out your dough on a floured surface. 

 Use cookie cutters to make shapes.
Use a straw to poke holes for your string.
Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.

Let them cool on a wire rack for 12-24 hours.
When ready, use a water-based paint like tempera or acrylic to decorate.
I like to use glitter and stickers to make them look even fancier.

There is just something so special about a child's artistic touch, isn't there? 

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