Have you tried making salt dough before? It’s very simple, quick and relatively mess free. Earlier this year R (he was 4 at the time) created some salt dough bracelets and necklaces to give as gifts on Mother’s Day (yes, it really has taken me that long to write about it!) With Christmas just around the corner, I thought this might be a great time to share these photos with you. Here’s how we made our salt dough jewelry.
STEP 1 Make the salt dough. Making salt dough is very easy. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of plain flour, 1 cup of salt and half a cup of water. Mix all the ingredients together and then knead the dough well until it is smooth.
STEP 2 Make the beads. Roll the dough flat and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. These are perfect as charms on a bracelet or pendants on a necklace. To make beads, break off a small amount of dough and roll into a ball. We also rolled the dough into long thin sausages. R cut these lengths into segments to create longer, more cylindrical beads.
STEP 3 Make a hole in each bead. Once you have made your beads, you then need to make a hole in each one so that they can be threaded later on. We used a bamboo kitchen skewer which work really well. You could also use a drinking straw or even a pencil depending on how big you want to make the hole. TIP: The holes tend to shrink once the beads are baked so make the holes a little larger than what you think you’ll need.
STEP 4 Bake them in the oven. Place your beads on an oven tray that has been lined with baking paper. Preheat your over to 120C (Gas 1/2 or 250F) and bake the beads for approximately two to three hours. It’s important to keep the oven temperature low otherwise the salt dough will start to go brown from overcooking.
STEP 5 Paint your beads. Remove the beads from the oven and wait for them to cool. Then it’s time to paint the beads made from the dough that did not have food colouring added. R chose some purple and green metallic paint which added a beautiful sparkle to his creations.
STEP 6 Start threading! Using string or ribbon, thread your beads together to make bracelets and necklaces. Don’t they look pretty? R made the pink and white necklace for me and I love wearing it. He gave the others to his Nana and Aunty. These were such fun to make and are a lovely child-made gift. I think we might make some more salt dough gifts this month to give away at Christmas.
Have you made anything with salt dough before?
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