Valentine’s Day is eight days away, and what better way for the kiddies out there to tell their parents I love you than with a salt dough ornament?
This super-simple, air-dry clay is so easy to make and play with that just about anyone can do it with their kids – regardless of how crafty you think you are or are not.
Here’s the basic recipe:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Mix dry ingredients. Add water, slowly. If you want to color dough, add food coloring to the water.
Form into balls and roll out to about 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes (in this case, hearts and you can get heart-shaped cookie cutters in a variety of sizes).
Once you have cut out the shapes, leave them to dry for a day or two (or bake at about 225 degrees until they are hard) making sure to flip them every few hours so both sides have a chance to air-dry.
Then, decorate however you see fit.
Before going ahead and telling you how to make this craft, I decided to give it a try myself. I used neon food coloring and made my dough what was supposed to be a raspberry color. I cut the recipe in half ( 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt and water). Then, I cut out a variety of heart sizes.
Since I did this all on my kitchen counter, I had to move the ornaments to a table in my craft room to dry.
I don’t know whether I added too much water to my dough (if you do this, you can always add a bit more flour to soak up the extra water), but the largest heart I made broke in half.
I can honestly say that I believe this project would’ve been a lot of fun with a group of children, but I didn’t have any handy at the time I did it.
And, one suggestion I have is to make different colors of dough and write messages on the ornaments like those on conversation heart candies.