Monday, December 16, 2013

Day 16: Salt Dough Stamping Ornaments

I love salt dough. There is so much you can do with it (and if the kids eat it they won't dare take a second bite) so each year I come up with different salt dough ornaments to make.

This year, I decided to stamp them!

What You'll Need:
1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1/2 Cup Water
Rolling pin
Baking sheet (non stick)
Oven (250 degrees, for 1 1/2 -2 hours)

Ink pads
Hole Puncher

Step One:
In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt and water. Mix it well, and then take it out and kneed it. Once it feels like thick dough, roll the dough. You may want to sprinkle a little four on the table or counter before you do it. You can have your kids help in this process by having them pour the ingredients or have them help mix! Mine liked to roll their own dough! 

Step Two:
Once the dough is rolled, use a cup or bowl (something with the desired size) to punch holes in the dough. 

Step Three:
Once you have your circles, or whatever shape you decide, use your hole puncher to put a hole in the dough WHILE IT IS SOFT! Do not wait to make a hole, after it's cooked, you won't be able to punch one.

Step Four:
While the dough is soft, get your ink and stamps ready! It's time to stamp! 

Step Five:
Place the dough ornaments on a non-stick cookie sheet. They won't rise or move, so as long as they aren't touching, you'll be fine. 

Bake them at 250 degrees for one and a half to two hours. Check them occasionally to be sure they aren't burning or getting too dried out. 

Step Six: 
Once they've cooled, you can take your ribbon and put it through the hole. Tie a knot and you're all set! Don't forget to have your child write their name on the back! 

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