I’d like to think that i’m a creative mama and Riley LOVES anything even remotely related to arts and crafts, so with Easter just around the corner i wanted to do something fun with him and decided to make some salt dough decorations. I got the idea from my bestie Nicola’s blog and they are so quick and easy to make – definitely a great activity for a rainy day.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Selection of Easter themed cookie cutters or tools to make your own shapes
- Large mixing bowl
- 1 cup of plain flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of water
- Baking Tray
- Grease Proof Paper
Add the 1/2 cup of salt and 1 cup of flour to a mixing bowl and stir in the water. You may not need all of the water so add it to the mixture slowly. The dough needs to have a smooth, dry consistency so if it feels too wet and is sticking to your hands then add more flour. This was Riley’s favourite part, he loved adding all of the ingredients to the bowl and mixing them together with his fingers.
Once you’ve got the right consistency, knead the dough and then roll it out to the desired thickness.
Use the cookie cutters or your selected tools to cut out shapes from the dough. As this craft is Easter themed we used our easter pushout cutters of a bunny, a butterfly and an easter egg. I got these from Eats Amazing…they double up well as sandwich cutters for bento lunches too!
Once you have cut out all the shapes you want, you need them to dry so you can paint them. If you are wanting to create hanging decorations, now is the time to use a straw to create a hole at the top of each shape. (We only did a few). Then, line a baking tray with some greaseproof paper and lay out the shapes evenly.
Pop them in the oven on a low heat (i had mine set at 100c) and leave them to dry for approximately 2-3 hours. Once they’re dry, decorate them as you wish. We just used some pearlescent pink and purple paint but you could use glitter, varnish, spray paints etc.
We even popped some coloured string through a couple to hand on our Easter tree.
Riley had so much fun with these and the salt dough was really quick and easy to make. We’ll definitely be incorporating this in to our messy play some more and coming up with new ideas.
Have a ‘Hoppy’ Easter everyone!