As a family, it has become a tradition to make salt-dough ornaments both for our tree, and to give as home-made presents.
We enjoy making the dough, smoothing it out, and then using all the fun cookie cutters we want.
Since it takes so long to dry out/cook in the oven, we don't paint them until at least the next day, then, if you want to add sparkles, add another day. NOTE: If you choose to use sparkles with your little ones, use one color at a time unless you want a huge sparkle mess on your hands. Though, it isn't as bad a using fake snow in the theater, that stuff stays around year after year after year.
Oh, sorry, it's late, the kids are asleep, and I'm rambling.
What was I going to talk about? RIGHT, the amazing salt dough wreath. You can do this, too!
Or, if you're lazy, send me $100 and I'll make one for you, too.
Again, sorry, I'm tired.
Let's just get into it, ey?
SALT DOUGH WREATH
Note: There are many iterations of salt dough out there, I've managed to combine most of them, and they turned out ok.
2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Salt
1 cup water ( more if needed)
(try adding a bit of cinnamon for scent and color if you like)
Knead until a a firm smooth dough forms.
Roll out to 1/8 " or so ( up to you)
Cut as desired.
Bake at 250 degrees for 3-5 hours
Carefully turn items over half way through.
I used these cookie cutters:
The Fun porcupine I used for his spikes, then used the tip of the snow flake to cut the rest away (it became the greenery behind the gingerbread men.
I assembled all the pieces first laying them out opposite sides, then in between. I pulled arms and legs forward and laid all the porcupine pieces behind everybody.
Make sure you wet any connecting pieces well and press to connect them. For the eyes et al, I used a paperclip to rough up the areas then added the slightly wet pieces.
Baked everything and...
Now, I have been known to go a bit overboard in the paint department, so I tried to be subtle this time:
After it was dry I sprayed it with a satin finish and added the only ribbon I had in the house. I do however, suggest you use a cloth ribbon... if I can find a time to get out the store, I'll get one, too.
Let me know how yours turns out!!!