This is one of my favorite cozy-day activities, perfect for your little or big kids to enjoy!
Salt Dough Recipe:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
Food colouring (optional)
To make your dough combine the dry ingredients and then slowly add the water, mixing until you have a dough-like consistency. Now is the point when you can decide if you want to leave your dough a natural colour, painting your designs after they are dry, or you can knead in a bit of dye and see what you can create!
To Colour the dough:
To start I divided the dough into four parts – one mound for each colour we wanted to make. To reduce the mess, I put each portion into a glass bowl before adding our desired colours (red, orange, yellow and green of course!)
Mixing the Colors
After dripping in our few drops of food colouring, I let my girls (with rubber gloves on of course!) knead the dough until the colours were distributed evenly throughout. A bit of marbling is fun as well, so don’t be too picky about perfection!
When the dough was coloured, my kids decided they wanted to mix them together to create a fun tie-dye kind of pattern. We were careful not to mix them too thoroughly however, we still wanted to see each colour individually.
The next step is to flatten your dough with a rolling pin – another fun thing to let the kiddos do! Make sure it is about a ¼ of an inch thick – too thin and the designs will break when baked. We use cookie cutters in the shapes of leaves to create the perfect cut outs, but you can use any shape you’d like, or design your own!
After we cut out all our ornaments, I used a plastic drinking straw to poke a hole in each one and then baked them for about an hour at 200°. After they were completely dry, we decided we wanted to brighten them up a bit, so we pulled out the Modge-podge (used for gluing puzzles together – you can find it at your local arts and crafts store) and gave the cut outs a nice glossy coating. We laced a bit of string through the holes and hung them around the house. We loved our final product so much that we promised ourselves to make them for every holiday! They are especially perfect for homemade Christmas tree ornaments!