Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Busy getting ready for Christmas

Adam and Hanna have become quite a dab hand at helping out making things for Christmas here they are making salt dough ornaments which we shall be painting up and giving away at Christmas on our sharing tree.

Salt Dough Recipe
Ingredients: 1 cup plain flour
1 cup salt
1 cup cold water

Directions: In a large bowl, Mix table salt and flour together, gradually add up to 1/2 a cup of water to the desired consistency. Knead the dough on a flat surface, adding a few more drops of water if needed (but not making it to moist)
Once the dough is made you can divide it up into smaller portions to roll into 1/8" thick pieces with a rolling pin. Use Cookie cutters to cut into a variety of shapes and place shapes on wax paper or other surface. If you want to make hanging ornaments remember to pierce a hole through with a toothpick while it is still wet.
Allow the shapes to dry for a day or two, turning them over periodically to speed up the drying process. After the shapes dry you may use a fine sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges.
Baking alternative:- Instead of allowing the dough to dry in the air you can bake them in an oven at 200 F until hard. Baking times varies between thickness and ovens make sure dough is completely baked. You can cover with tin foil if shapes take on to much colour during baking process.

Painting the dried out dough shapes

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