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Salt Dough Decorations

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Its a classic!  Salt dough is so versatile, so cheap and you get so much out of one batch.  This is a fun way to bulk out your collection of tree decorations if you don’t have enough.You will need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1/2 cup of  water
  • Biscuit cutters
  • Fine piping nozzle or a straw
  • Acrylic paint
  • Thread or ribbon
What to do:
  1. Measure out flour and salt and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the oil and water and stir until all the ingredients come together.  If necessary add small amounts of water until the dough is soft and pliable.
  3. Roll out evenly and cut out shapes of your choice with the biscuit cutter (dip it in oil if the dough is sticking to much to the cutter).
  4. Use the piping nozzle or straw (or anything which will make a small hole) to create a hole to hang your decoration from.  Its best to place this somewhere near the top but not too close as to make in vulnerable.
  5. Bake them in the oven at 100°C until they are completely dried out.  I’ve found this takes at least three hours!
  6. Paint them as you please with acrylic paint (this will help prevent moisture get back into the salt dough).
  7. When the paint is dry add the thread/ribbon to hang them by.
I recently came across this idea to rubber stamp salt dough.  I gave it a go and for some reason the rubber stamps weren’t working well for me but I also have some wooden printing blocks which I had a go with and looked just wonderful.

 

 

Ring of Christmas Elves Decoration

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I fell in love with this tutorial for a ring of colourful little gnomes and within 24 hours of finding it I had completed my own Christmassy ring of little elves.

Christmas Elves Ring

I made mine entirely with things I had in which was incredibly satisfying.  I adapted it slightly according to what I had ( I didn’t have any pipe cleaners but I found a bit of jewellery wire but I think the pipe cleaner must make a firmer base.  I also felted some beads, just because I happened to have some felting wool and didn’t have little wooden beads).

I also added blanket stitch, hair and tassels just because I felt like it, they are beautiful without it.