The mass of salt has been and will be one of the preferred by children, and my childhood was used in kindergartens to model, boost artistic skills and most importantly, develop the fine motor skills of young children. In addition to being one of the healthiest and most enjoyable entertainments.
Today the salt dough is used for an infinite number of crafts, it is very versatile and can be used to make the most amazing creations. In recent times it has become fashionable to decorate the Christmas tree with ornaments or salt dough ornaments. Some choose to paint them, give them shine or leave them natural white to maintain the rusticity. You can also make home decorations such as containers, pendants, vases, bijou, and anything you can think of that can be modeled.
The recipe is very, very easy and everyone is going to be encouraged to make it. The ingredients are few and simple, so you won’t be able to resist. And if anything good was missing for this spectacular dough, it’s that it’s not toxic, because it’s made with ingredients we have in the kitchen. I’ll tell you how it’s done…
Salt dough recipe
-Flour, 2 measures
-Salt, 1 measure
-Water, 1 measure
-Oil, 1 tbsp (optional)
To make decorative pieces you’ll need:
-Stitches, lace, blondes, woven folders, textured fabrics, twigs, leaves, etc.
-Roller to stretch the dough
-Choice of biscuit cutters
- Put the flour and salt in a bowl and mix a little. Then we add the water little by little, stirring with a spoon, as the dough takes shape, the ideal is to join it with the hands. Knead a few minutes until it becomes homogeneous and is ready to model what comes to mind.
And it’s ready! There are no more secrets, I told you it was very easy to do and I didn’t lie to you. Here are some tips for using the salt dough.
-You can add colour to the salt dough, ideally add a few drops of food colouring to the water before mixing it with the flour. It can also be painted once the pieces are dry, with acrylic paint or tempera.
-If you have too much salt dough, you can keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it doesn’t last long because it doesn’t have any preservatives.
-If you notice that the dough sticks to the table when playing, all you have to do is sprinkle a little flour and solve the problem. If, on the other hand, the dough shells, it lacks water, add one drop at a time so as not to overtake the quantity.
-The figures that you make with salt dough, can be varnished to give it a more neat and decorative finish. You can buy some water-based varnish in craft shops or brush with vinyl glue and let it dry.
-Drying option 1: TO THE OPEN AIR. For that you must choose dry and sunny days, in a couple of days will be ready depending on the thickness of the dough. If the days are very humid, it may take longer, or not even dry out completely.
-Drying option 2: IN THE OVEN. For this type of drying there are a few tips that you should take into account. Distribute the salt dough pieces on a plate and place it inside the oven. Then turn it on at a very, very low temperature, about 100º C for about two hours or so. Turn the figures from time to time to dry evenly on both sides. Watch out here! If the oven is strong, the parts could crack or inflate.
Do you want to see some options you can make with salt dough? I assure you that you will like it more than the boys…
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