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.
1 cup of salt
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup water (roughly)
a bit of olive oil/vegetable oil
Optional: A Small child to take hand/footprints of
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:
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.