Christmas crafts – Salt dough decorations

I decided this year that I wanted my Christmas tree to consist of more handmade/homemade and traditional decorations, rather than my usual modern pink & silver look. I was looking around Pinterest for some decoration ideas and there was a lot of salt dough – I’ve never tackled it before so thought I would give it a go with little man. I especially wanted to make hand print Santa’s – turns out little man didn’t and he just kept trying to eat it! I figured that he wasn’t going to cooperate this year so I did them all myself in the end! I also decided to get him when he was asleep on Daddy and I ended up making a footprint reindeer instead (easier than the hand as he kept curling his fingers up!)

The recipe & method I used was:

  • 1 cup plain flour, 1 cup salt, and 1/2 a cup water 
  • combine together in a bowl, to a pliable dough
  • roll out 
  • use cutters to make Christmas shapes (not forgetting to put holes in them to put ribbon through!)
  • place on a baking tray and bake on the lowest heat for around 3 hours, or until hard.

I didn’t get around to painting them straight away, but obviously you need to let them cool first before you do this – I just used your standard poster paints – and then they need sealing. For this I used PVA glue, but I think next time I will use varnish as the glue kept ‘rolling’ up and it spoiled a couple of them – especially the footprint – which I was disappointed with but I just left it in the end as I was being a pregzilla and getting frustrated. I would also use glitter next time, too. I then threaded different ribbons through them, and this is the finished result!

I’m quite pleased with them for a first attempt. What do you think?

Next on my agenda is paper snowflakes. Have you done any Christmas crafts this year? 

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