PINTEREST PROJECT / Story and photos by HALEY HOLCOMB / April-June 2017
Salt, flour and water is all you need to make a salt-dough creations. The possibilities are endless on what you can make and this is a go-to that I have done many times for the kids to just have fun and let their creative juices flow.
The dough is similar to Play-Doh in texture and will dry out if left outside of an airtight container. My 4-year-old enjoys playing with Play-Doh so whenever I bring up that we are going tp “cook” our Play-Doh creations he gets out all of his playdough “tools” to start making his creations.
The options are definitely endless. We have made Christmas ornaments, dinosaur bones, magnets, handprint keepsakes and even little statues with salt dough.
For this Pinterest Project, we made magnets as birthday favors for my youngest son’s upoming birthday party. I wanted to be able to give the adults something special for attending the party and decided that these personalized ornaments that were made and painted by the birthday boy would be a sentimental treat.
The magnets were a hit at the party, and my son definitely enjoyed getting to make these creative ornaments.
• 1 cup salt
• 2 cups of flour
• ¾ cup of water
• Preheat oven to 325º.
• In a large bowl mix the flour and salt together.
• Stir in the water in small incriments until the mixture is doughy.
• Take the mixture out of the bowl and kneed the dough until it is smooth and well mixed.
• From here you can make the creations. We used stencils from my son’s Play-Doh kit to cut out shapes for the magnets. You can also create any shape that you wish which can include making a mold of handprints or thumbprints.
• After all of the creations are done, place them on a cookie sheet or pan.
• Bake at 325º until hard, about an hour depending on thickness.
• After creations cool, paint them to suit your taste.
• Super glue the magnets to the back. We used sticky-sided magnet tape.
• The dough will be sticky so make sure to place flour beneath the dough and on your hands before you knead it to prevent it from sticking.
• If your creation is too thick, it can bubble up while you bake it, so make sure that they are thin. I would suggest a thickness of a 1/4 inch or less.
• If you are making ornaments, make sure that you poke a hole in the top to lace the string through.
• You can find a ton of cute salt dough projects online. Like I said, the possibilities are endless.