My parents feed the quail and I always enjoy seeing the quail running around the neighborhood. I made these quail ornaments for my dad. The ornaments are made out of salt dough (just like the DIY Hummingbird Ornaments and DIY Snowflake Ornaments I posted earlier).
To make the quail ornaments I sketched the outline of a quail onto a piece of cardboard from an old gift box. I cut out the cardboard quail to use as a template.
I mixed together 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 cup salt. I measured one tablespoon of lemon juice into a one cup measuring cup and filled the remainder of the cup with warm water. I added the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stirred until a dough formed. I turned the dough out onto a flour surface and kneaded the dough until smooth.
On a sheet of parchment paper, I used a rolling pin to roll out a scoop of dough until it was approximately 1/4 inch thick. (I placed the dough that I was not working with in a zip lock bag to keep it from drying out .) I placed my cardboard template on top of the rolled out dough and traced around the template with a steak knife to cut out the ornament. I used a bamboo stick to make a hole in the dough for a string to hang the ornament. To help keep the ornament’s shape, I removed the excess dough without moving the ornament from the parchment paper.
I repeated these steps to make an additional ornament. I wanted the plume on the female to be smaller and was having trouble getting it right using the dough so I just cut it off.
I then transferred the ornaments and the parchment paper to a baking sheet. I baked the ornaments in the oven for about 4 hours at 175 degrees Fahrenheit. I flipped the ornaments approximately every 30 minutes. I then let the ornaments sit on the counter for about a week to dry.
I hung the ornaments on sliver embroidery floss. These ornaments are not edible!
To make the ornaments I used the following:
- Lemon juice
- Warm water
- Acrylic paint
- Nail file
- Acrylic spray (gloss)
- Silver embroidery thread
- Parchment paper
This is the sixth set of ornaments that I have made this year; earlier I blogged about my snowflake ornaments, clothespin star ornaments, twine ball ornaments, clothespin reindeer ornaments, and hummingbird ornaments.