Friday, December 2, 2011

Holidays are Coming Part 3

So here is the next instalment in my Christmas craft tutorials. One of my favourite Christmas activities is putting up the tree. I love a tree that is full to the brim of baubles, tinsel, lights and decorations! I love collecting different ornaments and I could spend hours looking around Christmas shops!

As money is a bit tight at the moment I decided to make some salt dough decorations after being inspired by these gorgeous stamped ones and these beautifully intricate snowflakes. They are really easy to make and and all the ingredients and supplies are ridiculously cheap! So here we go!!

Holidays are Coming Part 3 - Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

All you need to begin with is salt, flour and water! I used 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water and 2 cups of flour. We had run out of plain flour so I used bread flour which worked really well. I just popped all the ingredients in a food processor and mixed it up until a ball formed. I then turned it out on to the work surface and kneaded it for a few minutes until the dough was soft and pliable. You are then ready to make your decorations!


I collected all my cookie cutters together and then just started rolling and cutting.


I experimented with stamping and different shapes cutters.

 

My favourite decorations were simple shapes that I then imprinted with a wooden stick like the one above. Just make sure you pierce a hole in the top for the thread to go through so you can hang them up!


Although I do love my Santa! I used a garlic crusher for the beard!


I then baked them for about 4 hours in an oven on the lowest temperature which was about 80oC as you are drying them out more than cooking them. I them coloured some of them in with felt tip pens and used some sparkly nail varnish to make some glittery. Then just threaded some red wool so I could hang them up.


Close up of crazy Santa!


I also pressed some glass beads into some of them before I baked them




I am really pleased with them and they were really addictive to make (I ended up making 3 lots of dough!)

What do you think? Have you made any tree decorations this year?

1 comment:

  1. sam these look amaze!! :) mine are very much like your more simplistic ones- i stamped into a few and am now just about to start some colouring :) they are definitely addictive- i could've made hundreds! xx

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