Tutorial: Make your own salt dough

Today, my sister was around to do some crafty projects with me and my daughter. One of the things we had a go at doing was making salt dough plaques.

We’d done some back when my daughter was about a month old and this was the second round of plaques. It’s always great to see how much they’ve grown in such a short space of time and because it was something out of the ordinary for my small child she thought the whole thing was hilarious fun.

Apparatus
1 cup of salt
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup water (roughly)
a bit of olive oil/vegetable oil
Rolling Pin
Mixing Bowl
Cookie Cutters
Optional: A Small child to take hand/footprints of

Method
Add your salt and flour to the mixing bowl. Dribble in the water a bit at a time, mixing it into the flour/salt mix well before adding more water. You want to end up with a bread dough consistency, so you don’t want to add too much water. (Don’t panic if you do, just ad more flour to soak it up.)  Add about a teaspoon of oil to the mix to help bind the ingredients.

Dust your work surface with some flour. Pull off a ball of dough and roll it out until it is about 1/2 centimetre thick.

Use your optional small child to make hand and footprints. (If using a small child make sure you clean their hands/feet straight away after stamping. The dough is very salty and if they put their hands/feet in their mouth the salt from the dough could make them sick.)

If you don’t have an optional child you could always do a pet print or leaves, pine cones etc etc.

Use the cookie cutters to cut out your prints. You can use a straw or a cocktail stick to make hanging holes.

Transfer onto a flour dusted baking tray and leave to dry in a warm place, (like an airing cupboard, a warm windowsill etc).

A couple of days later it will be all dried out and ready for finishing of any untidy edges, painting and making pretty.

Here’s what we did:

A star-shaped footprint. I used some little letter stamps to put my daughter’s name and the date on the plaque.

A rectangular footprint, with handy hanging holes.

Some mini stars with my daughter’s fingerprint on them. I used the letter stamps to add her initial. These, once they are done, will go out to family. I’ll need to make some more of them.

They’re still not quite dry, although they’re in the airing cupboard now, so that ought to dry them out the rest of the way. Then I can get to decorating them. I’ll post pictures of them when I am done.

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