Τρίτη, 31 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Tutorial: Salt Dough Ornaments

Hello everyone! I hope you're spending lots of time with loved ones or doing anything else you like. I had a little extra free time these days and wrote a couple of posts but thanks to the idiot blogger app they have been deleted twice!!! I never thought I would be so mad with an app. And to be honest a few months ago I didn't even know what an app is. All I cared about was my little man of course. But now, I'm a working mom who needed a tablet for the job.

Talking about tablet...I have Instagram now!!! You can follow me by clicking the link on the sidebar below.

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About the salt dough, now! I remember my mother making salt dough for us while we were kids. She was always so creative when she had the time to play with us. So beautiful memories.

I decided to make the ornaments for our tree with Nereus for many reasons. Firstly, because I had no intention to pay for objects that exist only for decorational purposes. Secondly, I wanted to create beautiful memories with him and thirdly, because it's an amazing montessori activity!

On to the tutorial now!
It's so cheap and easy to make this dough with (or without if you don't have any) your kids. You probably already have all the ingredients.

Ingredients:
 -2 cups flour
-1 cup salt
-1 cup water


making holes to the dough (totally optional but so much fun for this toddler)
Directions:
1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Add the water gradually (you may not need it all).
3. Knead for a few minutes and form a ball.
4. Flour your surface lightly (you need to do this so the dough won't stick there). Roll out the dough and make shapes with cookie cutters or freehand.
5. Make a hole on the top of the shapes (I used a drinking straw).
6. Bake at 100 C/ 212 F for about two hours*(check tips).
7. Let them cool down. Thread ribbon or string and hang on the tree.


Tips:

  • The baking time depends on how thick your ornaments are and by your oven of course. I suggest to check them often after the first hour of baking and when they are hard enough they're ready.
  • Baking at higher temperatures may speed up the process but the ornaments may puff up and/or become brown. I don't suggest that.
  • You can paint and decorate them with glitter after they have competely cooled down.
  • Yes, there's gonna be a mess! Relax and have fun with your kid!

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