We made these salt dough ornaments for our Christmas tree last Christmas and decided to repeat the process for Easter! I know having an Easter tree is not traditional but these ornaments are a really fun kids craft idea.
They take a bit of time and effort but they are well worth while! You can also make them over a few days, leaving them out in the sun to dry instead of baking them in the oven.
Time needed: 1½ hours for preparation and decorating, 2½ hours to cook
1½ cups plain flour
½ cup fine table salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2/3 cup chilled water
white acrylic paint
paint in different colours
bits of ribbon, fabric or pom poms (to decorate, if desired)
ribbon, to hang
- Preheat oven to 120°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Mix flour and salt in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in oil. Gradually add water, stirring the mixture with a wooden spoon until combined. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead to make a smooth ball.
- Roll dough out between 2 sheets of baking paper until 7mm thick. Cut the decorations out in egg shapes or use an appropriate cookie cutter if you have one.
- Use a chopstick or skewer to make a hole at the top of each decoration. Place decorations on trays. Roll remaining dough together and repeat.
- Bake decorations for 2½ hours or until firm and dry. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Paint front and sides. Allow paint to dry. Paint a second coat. Allow to dry. Paint back of decorations with 2 coats. Spray lacquer to coat. Glue on bits of fabric or pom poms, if desired.
6. Thread ribbon through holes and hang your beautiful ornaments on an Easter tree!
TIPS: White acrylic paint is available from haberdashery and hardware stores. These decorations will keep for up to 1 month.
Receipe adapted from taste.com.au.