Thursday, May 3, 2012

A sweet {but salty} DIY

creative goodness

Saltdough. Probably one of the best things I have discovered since Etsy. Well, not quite. But crafting with salt dough is becoming quite an obsession!

I recently decided to try making some salt dough as a craft project with Stella, and it was a success! She loved making patterns with her fingers in mounds of flour and copying me knead the dough. The mess was relatively manageable and the outcome? A toddler full of smiles and an oven full of sweet little birdies and buttons.

craft with toddlers

I have been using our salt dough creations to adorn gifts, stick to walls and more make our babys mobile! It really is a cinch for any mama and babe to try... here's how!

* In a large bowl mix 1 cup of salt and 2 cups of flour
gradually stir in one cup of water (lukewarm) until mixture becomes 'doughy'.
* Knead your dough for at least 5 minutes. (The longer you knead, the smoother it will be).
* Place your creations on a lined baking tray and bake at 120 degrees Celsius. Depending on the size, they make take anywhere between 45minutes and two hours in the oven...Remember to keep peeping at them regularly!

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And that's it! How simple is that! You can paint your little ornaments once they have cooled or leave them their natural colour. You can even colour them before baking by adding some ingredients from your pantry to the uncooked dough. I used cinnamon, coffee and curry powder to create different shades of latte, brown and mustard.

What crafty projects do you think are manageable with a toddler? Any favourites you'd like to share?
Plenty of love, 
winterlove blog natalie

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