Salt dough is a really simple and cheap way to make decorations and ornaments with your kids. All you need is a couple of store-cupboard ingredients and you’re good to go.
You will need:
1.5 cups plain flour
1.5 cups salt
Approx 250ml water
1. Add the flour and salt to a bowl and mix together.
2. Gradually add the water (you may not need it all), stirring all the time, until your dough comes together to form a ball. It should not be sticky.
3. Turn out the dough on to a floured surface and knead – or just let the kids have fun squishing and prodding!
4. Flour your rolling pin to prevent sticking, then roll the dough out to your desired thickness – around 5mm is about right.
5. Using cutters, cut out the shapes you want and place on the baking tray. If you want to hang your decorations, make a small hole for ribbon using the end of a straw.
6. Place on a lined baking tray and put in the oven at 100°C for three hours until hardened. The idea here is to speed up the drying process rather than bake them, so you don’t want the oven too hot. I tend to turn the decorations over half way through cooking.
7. Paint with acrylic paint and varnish with PVA glue.