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Salt dough gifts your kids can make

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Looking for an affordable, handmade Christmas gift to give these holidays? Here are three fun ideas you can make with your whole family using ingredients already in your pantry.

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Salt dough gifts are an easy holiday craft that the whole family can have fun with. They are easy to make and, properly sealed and stored, your salt dough treasures will last a lifetime. Below are three easy ideas that make great gifts for the whole family.

Basic salt dough recipe

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of fine table salt
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1-1/4 cups of chilled water

Mix the flour and the salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre then pour in the oil and the water and mix until a dough forms.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it feels elastic. Cut and decorate to your heart's desire!

Fingerprint jewellery

Threaded onto a chain or ribbon, these salt dough fingerprint pendants make perfect presents for loving mamas and grandmas. Or, why not make a larger version each year for your tree?

You'll need:

  • Salt dough
  • Silver or gold acrylic paint
  • Glossy modge podge
  • A small paintbrush
  • A bamboo skewer
  • A shot glass
  • Ribbon or a thin chain

How to:

1

Using a rolling pin, roll out the salt dough on a lightly floured surface until it is around 5 millimetres thick. Using a shot glass, cut small circles out of the dough.

2

Next you will need to enlist the help of your child. Help them to gently press their thumb into the middle of each circle to create a print. You need a fairly decent indentation here, but try to make sure they don't push all the way through to the table.

3

Once the prints are done, use the bamboo skewer to poke a small hole in the top of each ornament. Transfer the pendants onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in a 120 degrees Celsius oven for approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until hard and dry. Cool on wire racks.

4

Once cool, paint the pendants with acrylic paint, leaving to dry for an additional few hours before covering with glossy modge podge to seal. Thread onto a chain or a ribbon when dry.

Christmas ornaments

salt dough christmas ornaments

What better way to decorate your tree than with handmade salt dough ornaments? These pretty little treasures are great to use as tags on presents, or why not pack up a dozen as a unique and crafty gift?

You'll need:

  • Salt dough
  • Acrylic paints in a selection of colours
  • A small paintbrush
  • Water to thin out the paints
  • Stamps, leaves and lace to create pretty patterns
  • A small glass
  • Christmas themed cookie cutters
  • A drinking straw
  • Ribbon or twine to hang

How to:

1

Using a rolling pin, roll out the salt dough on a lightly floured surface until it is around 7 millimetres thick. Using a small glass or cookie cutters, cut shapes out of the dough.

2

Once you have cut out your shapes, use rubber stamps, lace or dried leaves to create patterns in the salt dough. When you are done, use the drinking straw to poke a small hole in the top of each ornament. Transfer the ornaments onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in a 120 degrees Celsius oven for approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until hard and dry. Cool on wire racks.

3

Once cool, paint the ornaments with watered down acrylic paint to create a watercolour effect. Leave them to dry for a few hours before covering with glossy modge podge to seal. Thread onto ribbons or string when done.

Ombre beads

Salt dough beads are fun for kids to make and help hone fine motor skills when they come to stringing them. You can either colour the dough before you make the beads or paint them after to decorate. Either way, you'll end up with a beautiful selection of beads that can be made into a necklace, bracelet or even hanging Christmas ornaments.

You'll need:

  • Salt dough
  • Acrylic paint in your chosen colour
  • White acrylic paint
  • A bamboo skewer
  • Waxed cotton for stringing

How to:

1

Take the salt dough and divide it into three equal portions. Then, in three small bowls, mix your chosen coloured paint with white to make three different shades. This will be the base for your ombre coloured beads.

2

Mix the paint with the dough and knead until it is well incorporated. Then, starting with the lightest colour, divide the dough into small balls. These will be your smallest beads so make sure they are small, but still big enough to fit the bamboo skewer to make a hole.

3

Mould the medium shade dough into medium-sized beads and the darkest shade into large beads. Poke a hole in each bead using the skewer then place on a baking tray and bake in a 120 degrees Celsius oven for approximately two hours or until hard and dry.

4

Once your beads are dry and cool, thread them onto the waxed cotton, starting with small beads, then medium, then large, then medium again, then finally small again. Tie knots on each end to secure, leaving enough cotton to tie into a bow at the back.

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