Using salt dough is an old-fashioned and fun way of making decorations for your home – especially during the festive season.
This age-old custom began with the Egyptians, who used salt dough to craft gifts for their gods, and is a really simple and inexpensive way of adorning your home, which the kids can get into too!
What you will need
• ½ cup salt
• ½ cup water
• 1 cup flour
• In a mixing bowl, slowly add the water to the dry mix of salt and flour.
• Knead the mixture for approximately 10 minutes, until it forms a soft and pliant ball.
• Roll out your ball into a rectangle of approximately ½ cm in width.
• Using pastry cutters of varying shapes and sizes (or a sharp knife) cut out the dough. You can also cut out letters to form Christmas signs for your mantlepiece!
• Place your shapes onto a plate and microwave them for 2-3 minutes so that they harden.
• Add a hole or two for hanging, using a knife or a wooden skewer.
• Paint your decorations using any type of paint, from acryllic to metallic sprays, and glitter glue.
• Finish by coating your decorations with a clear varnish, especially if you'd like to use the decorations the following year.
Watch Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas on The LifeStyle Channel.