We made these salt dough ornaments and my monkeys are so proud of them hanging on the Christmas tree! 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. I sprayed them with spray lacquer after decorating to keep the glitter in place!
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
glitter, to decorate
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. Use Christmas-shaped cutters to cut out decorations.
- 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. While top coat is wet, sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry. Paint back of decorations with 2 coats. Spray lacquer to coat and to keep the glitter in place.
- Thread ribbon through holes and hang your beautiful ornaments on the Christmas tree!
TIPS: White acrylic paint is available from haberdashery and hardware stores. These Christmas decorations will keep for up to 1 month.
Receipe adapted from taste.com.au.