Friday, February 17, 2012

Salt Dough Jewelry!

As we prepared all of February for Valentine's Day there was something that I definitely wanted to attempt with the kids! We decided to attack Salt Dough Jewelry to give away! This was definitely fun for everyone involved. Take the ingredients below and mix it all together in 1 bowl. I like to set it all out in measuring cups and let them put it in and follow the recipe themselves. 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water


Roll out all the dough and after that I let them play with it so for as long as they wanted, just like play dough! This helped smooth it out and turned this simple project into something that lasted much longer. 
The Littles love play dough and this was even more fun, since they knew it was going to be made into something else afterwards!

Now it was time to shape them! We made jumbo buttons in round and heart shapes, for lacing fun, then we made plain hearts and circles for the jewelry we would be making. This part was fun, because they loved taking the cookie cutters and toothpicks to the dough.

Now they are ready for baking!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Mix flour and salt well. Gradually add water, stirring with a large spoon. Finish mixing with hands. Knead until soft and pliable.
  3. Roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets. With a toothpick make a hole in the top of the ornament for threading string. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) until hard, about 30 minutes (keep checking on them as ovens vary). Decorate with paint and varnish to preserve.


The painting process made this a 3-in-1 project!



We added glitter to the paint and our necklaces were shimmery!
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