Monday, May 23, 2011

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One of the items for my Summer Bucket was to make ornaments out of salt dough. Anna’s school has Teacher Appreciation Day this Wednesday, and I thought that it’s a good opportunity to make some homemade presents. We used the recipe and some ideas from the book Super Simple Clay Projects. The clay itself was really super simple – 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 1 May21_SaltDough2 1/4 cup of water. It mixed well into a pliable dough that was easy to work with, but it was a lot! We ended up working for 2 hours and filling up 2 baking sheets of various clay creations. The baking took longer than expected – almost 6 hours at 200F, so we moved the decoration to Sunday. It almost didn’t happen, because we had other plans, but Anna insisted in the evening that she has to paint her clay goodies. It’s not often that May21_SaltDough3 she is so raring to go on the project that requires paint, so I set it all up and we painted about half of our creations in about 45 minutes. We used acrylic paint, and then I plan to seal the goodies with Mod Podge to make them last for a long time. Anna is already looking forward to playing with her new plates, lollipops, candies, donuts and other props for a tea party. I can see working more with baked salt clay in the future, and in the meantime I can cheat and cross the first item off my Summer Bucket list :)

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9 comments:

Christy said...

I have wanted to make salt dough creations for years now. Great teacher gift idea and I love that you made some tea party accessories!

Kelly said...

Very cute! I love the idea of making creations to use in her play. I can't wait to start our summer bucket list.
Little Wonders' Days

MaryAnne said...

Congratulations getting one item crossed off your bucket list!

In my experience salt dough that has been baked lasts forever, so it is perfect for play props! It sounds like Anna made quite a wonderful collection of items!

Ticia said...

Oh I le the idea o making play food that way

Debbie said...

Anna looks like she had so much fun with this activity! This would be fun around Christmas to make ornaments!

Michelle said...

Sounds fun!! We too nicked off one of our bucket list items this past weekend! hahah!!

Kim said...

Crumpet JUST asked when we were going to make clay. I've never mentioned it - not sure where he got the idea unless he reads the blogs without me? Anyway, thanks for the post. I guess I have to go get some materials!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Looks like Anna had a great time with this! We haven't made salt dough in a long time... will have to give it another go soon!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

These are great Natalie! That is so sweet too that Anna had such fun making and decorating them. These are sweet and fun pictures of her too.

Hope each member of your family has had a good week with good health for all of you--and in good spirits too. Been thinking of your work too and hoping all is well.