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Topic: Salt Dough Ornament Tutorial  (Read 19895 times)
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« on: January 26, 2012 09:36:12 AM »

I made these as part of my yearly holiday gift batch for my husband's coworkers.  I made a few extra for family & friends, too.



Supplies
1 c flour
1/2 c salt
1/2 c warm water
Optional for decorating -- stamps, ink, paint, brushes, yarn, twine, ribbon
Optional -- craft sealer


Steps:

Select cookie cutters for your project.


Mix flour, salt and water to create the dough.


Mix mix mix.  Add more water, if your dough is too dry.


Do not taste the "cookies" at this point. They are "icky."


Lightly dust the counter with flour.
Or just pour a metric ton of flour on the counter.  Choose the method that works best for you.


Roll your dough 1/4" thick. Concentrate.


(not pictured) Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

If you want your ornaments decorated with ink, now is the time to do it.  Baking will set your inking.  Select your stamps, ink, etc.  I used trees, snowflakes, sheet music and two or three colors of ink.


Stamp your dough.  Cookie cutter your shapes from your sheet of dough and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.


Using a drinking straw, poke a hole in each ornament.


(not pictured) Bake for 4 hours, flipping once or twice to maintain flatness.

Remove from oven.  Allow to cool.  Admire your new pretty shapes.


If you're feeling feisty, stamp or sign the back of your ornaments and ink the edges a bit to give them a more finished look.  Seal them with clear or pearl craft sealer.


String them for hanging and give them to friends. Smiley  I used them to hang on gift baskets for Christmas, but love that they can be displayed year-round, too.


Inspired by these beautiful blog posts!
http://onclevermode.blogspot.com/2011/01/salt-dough-hearts.html
And especially these gorgeous trees http://makeitgiveit.blogspot.com/2011/12/sophisticated-salt-dough.html
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2012 09:40:54 AM »

Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial, sweets!  And they are gorgeous!
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2012 09:44:30 AM »

Ooh, wonderful!  I never would have thought to use stamps.  I remember making these in daycare so fondly, I bet little Sweets had a blast!  Thanks for posting the tutorial!
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012 09:46:09 AM »

You're welcome!

So much fun and they were really well received.  He really loves helping in the kitchen, so had to get him in on the tutorial.  He made his own little batch of shapes, too, hehe...
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012 09:58:45 AM »

Gah!  You have a penguin cookie cutter!

Did he pick out his own shapes to cut?
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012 10:17:31 AM »

Honestly, I had no idea salt dough ornaments could be so pretty! The ones of my youth were... less visually appealing! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2012 10:22:56 AM »

I never would have thought of stamping salt dough either, these are so pretty!  You have the cutest helper Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2012 10:40:32 AM »

The salt dough ornaments are lovely!  I like the modern take on them (i.e. stamping them with designs)!
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2012 10:55:33 AM »

Wow, I never would have thought of stamping them. These look great! We make dough ornaments every year. Sometimes we paint them when they come out of the oven and cool, and sometimes we make the dough different colors with food coloring. I will definitely try this next year!
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2012 10:57:36 AM »

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. I am trying this project now.
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