Sunday, November 21, 2010

DIY Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

I'm really looking forward to getting a Christmas tree this year as I finally live somewhere big enough for a really tall one. I love the smell of real Christmas trees when you come downstairs in the morning, the only problem is I don't have a single decoration. I'm not minted so don't really want to have to spend a good portion of my presents (or wine) budget on decorations but I still want to have the nicest tree in the street.

The solution? Time to get busy with the needle and thread (and glue and scissors, and paint and glitter). I had a think about the kinds of decorations I wanted and decided to re-create some of the decorations of my childhood. These stars are made out of salt dough and are really easy. If you've already got paint then they are basically free.

First make some salt dough, you will need:

2 Cups of plain flour sifted
1 Cups of table salt
1 Cup of water
Juice of half a lemon (optional but makes the finished dough a bit harder once its dry)

Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the water and lemon juice bit by bit, combining to make a soft dough. Kneed the dough for about 10 mins until it gets soft and smooth. Roll out the dough onto a clean, floured work surface and cut out shapes like you would with any pastry. Place the shapes onto a baking sheet covered with grease proof paper and bake in the oven for approx 8 (yes 8!) hours at around 100-120 degrees Celsius. Its a good idea to leave the shapes for a couple of days before you paint them just to make sure they're completely dry.

I'm looking forward to making some more decorations in the run up to Christmas!

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