This past weekend, in addition to making the pumpkin bread that I blogged about earlier this week, I also finished making some salt dough ornaments. I went to a couple of stores, but couldn’t find a snowflake cookie cutter so I used a daisy and star cookie cutter to make these ornaments.
Of course, once I made these ornaments it seemed like all of the the stores got their winter cookie cutters in stock and I saw snowflake cookie cutters in four different stores. Don’t you hate when that happens? I guess I will just have to make another batch of ornaments!
I think that these ornaments would be pretty hanging on a Christmas tree, as a tag on a gift, or hanging from a fireplace mantle.
First, I made the salt dough. 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 smooth dough formed (about 5 minutes with an electric stand mixture). 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 to approximately 1/4 inch thickness. (I placed the dough that I was not working with in a zip lock bag to keep it from drying out .) I used a bamboo stick to make a hole in the dough for a string to hang the ornament. I used a daisy cookie cutter and a star cookie cutter to cut out 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 with the remaining dough. 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.
The edges of the ornaments were a bit rough so I sanded the edges of the ornament until smooth using a nail file.
If I were doing this again, I might use a different pen because the pen I used faded quite a bit once the ornaments were sprayed with acrylic spray. Although I think the slightly faded look is sort of pretty.
I strung 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
- Acrylic spray (gloss)
- Silver embroidery thread
- Parchment paper
- Cookie cutters (daisy and star)
This is the second set of ornaments that I have made this year; last week I blogged about my clothespin reindeer ornaments.
I was not paid or perked for this post.