Friday, 14 December 2012

Salt Dough Gifts

Linking up with Anne at Domesblissity for Thriving Thursday.

My Daughter who is 13 had been agonising over gifts for her friends.

Not being in a position to spend lots of money and also not wanting her to feel her gifts were inferior in anyway I suggested we have a go at making something personal for each of them.

Salt dough is so easy to make and I had everything to hand.  All you need is:

Equal parts plain flour and salt (say a cup of each) and half that amount of water.  I add a little (approx tsp) of vegetable oil to make it more pliable.

Mix it all together and then kneed.  You really need to kneed it for at least 5 minutes, but the longer the better.

Roll it out and use cookie cutters to stamp shapes.

Don't forget to make a hole if you want to be able to hang them up.

Either cook on a low heat in the oven for a couple of hours, leave to air dry (about 3 days) or, pop them in the microwave.  I've found 1 minute bursts (turning them each time) for about 3 minutes on a medium heat works really well.  If you find they rise a little or you have air bubbles then just place a plate on top of them as they cook.

Then, decorate:

Miss Mac thought they were pretty awesome.  I shall put them in polythene bags and tie them up with pretty ribbon - total cost - practically nothing - originality - priceless.

I've already started making some salt dough bunting as a gift for my niece to hang in her bedroom as well as making salt dough roses and strawberries made in silicone ice cube trays. 

It really is so addictive!

Photo: Salt dough strawberry - just because ...


Kelloggs Ville said...

I'm liking those lots

Sarah said...

Thank you K, I shall do one for you and who knows, one day I might get to give It to you :-)

Claire McLean said...

They are very cute! Hope you feel better soon, there's nothing worse than being down with the lurgy! hugs x

Sarah said...

Thanks Claire - I am on the mend. This cough is getting me down a bit but generally I'm much better. x

Housewife in Heels said...

These are gorgeous! I'm sure your daughter's friends will love these! Not sure that my boys (14 months and 2.5 years) are up to it yet though- pretty sure the youngest would eat the dough / then try eating the finished product :)

Sarah said...

Thank you HiH - she gave them out at school yesterday and her friends loved them. One bite of these would probably be enough for any child, it's definitely not like cookie dough ;) Probably best to wait until they are a little older though.

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

Oh you little beauty Sarah! It's so, so great to hear from you. I love how you keep in touch with me but I especially love how you linked up a project with my Thriving on Thursday party. You're so sweet. I hope you have a lovely, lovely Christmas Sarah and I hope we can continue to remain in touch and friends!

Anne xx (Great project by the way xx)