Salt dough christmas decorations

This year J is the perfect age to start doing Christmas craft ideas. He loves being creative even if he gets bored quickly, he is a toddler after all . I thought that making a Christmas tree decoration would be a good idea . I wanted to start a tradition of making presents for family members .

Family look away now .

Salt dough decorations are a great way of doing this. I remember making things using salt dough when I was a child.

The salt dough mix that we used is a simple easy to remember one .
1/2 a cup of plain flour (I originally used self raising flour)
1/2 a cup of salt
Small amount of water to bind it all together.
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One the mixture is combined roll it out onto a floured surface.

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There are several different designs you can make. For some inspiration ,I have pinned them on Pinterest here. We started off with a hand print decoration. This worked well initially but then J kept grabbing the mixture instead of stamping his hand.

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I found that rolling the mixture not too thick and cutting around the hand print easier ,rather than cutting a circle out first , and then doing the handprint.

Normally you bake the decorations in an oven on low for several hours but I actually microwaved ours , on a low setting . This was much quicker but you have to be careful the decorations don't end up with air bubbles. This was the problem when we used self raising flour.

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Once dried out paint and and glitter and string /ribbon .

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This is the self raising flour one.