Mommy's Time Out Magazine December 2018 - Page 10

with Crystal Oliveira

LET'S GET CRAFTY

Salt dough ornaments

You will need:

4 cups Flour

1 cup Salt

1.5 cups Water (maybe a little more)

Holiday Cookie Cutters

Acrylic Paint

Glitter

Clear Glue

Gold Twine

Clear glaze spray or mod podge

How to:

1.Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Adults will need to do the baking part, but kids can help decorate!

2. Combine your flour, salt and water and mix well. Knead for 10 minutes. If your dough is too dry, add a little bit more water. If it’s too sticky, add a little bit of flour. It will help to place flour down on your surface when kneading and on your hands.

3. Once you’re done kneading, roll out the dough to about 1/2 cm thickness. The thinner you make the ornaments, the better they will thoroughly bake and dry through.

4. Using your cookie cutters, cut out different shapes for your salt dough ornaments.

5. Using a straw, make a hole in the top of the ornament for where you would like the twine to hang.

6. Bake for 1-2 hours. If your ornaments are not completely dried through when you pull them out put back in for another hour. The baking time will vary greatly depending on the size and thickness of your ornaments. Larger ornaments will take longer whereas smaller ornaments will take less time. You can also let them air dry for a day before baking and this will cut down on the baking time. (If you notice puffing when baking, it is likely because the ornaments are too thick. In this case, let them air dry for a few days before baking.)

7. Once cool and completely dried, paint with acrylic paint.

8. Now you’ll want to seal before adding your glitter. Make sure your ornaments are completely dried through before sealing. Spray with a clear glaze spray (adults only) or finish with mod podge.

9. Now add clear glue on top of your ornament and shake glitter on top until you fill the ornament with glitter. Kids will love helping with this part!

10. Once you’re done, add your gold twine and hang them.