As a child I remember playing with salt dough that my mom would make for me. She used to colour it with food colouring and I would squish it and mould it for hours on end. Once I was happy with my creation I would let it air dry and put it on display for all to see.
This is the first time playing with salt dough in over 15 years but it sure does bring back fond memories. My moms recipe required that you cook it on the stove prior to moulding it but I wanted to cut a couple corners and bake it after.
Simple Salt Dough Recipe
- 1 part salt
- 2 parts all purpose flour
- 1 part water
Mix everything in a bowl until well combined. Knead on the counter for a couple minutes or until a soft dough forms. If its sticky to the touch add a small amount of flour and knead some more.
I used 1/4 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of water. There was enough dough to make approximately 10 ornaments but you could always double or triple the recipe if you would like to make more.
Next, roll out your dough 1/4 inch thick and cut out shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. Carefully transfer to a cookie sheet and smooth jagged edges. At this point you could stamp the dough with shapes, imprint with textures or draw designs with a toothpick. Lastly, poke one hole near the top so that you can string ribbon through to hang it.
Bake at 250 degrees Celsius for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Check periodically to make sure that they do not burn and once fully baked remove from oven and cool completely. You can then add paint, glitter, rhinestones, ribbons and bows. Below are a couple ornaments that I created.
Word of the Day: Gilt
Layer or gold or golden paint applied as a decorative surface.