After baking 4 different muffins and sticky buns within the course of one week, I decided to give my waistline a little break and work on a craft. I decided to play with salt dough and see what I could make. This dough can be used to make gift tags, ornaments, and jewelery. It can be shaped in a variety of ways, and you can dry it out either by waiting patiently for a couple days, or by baking it in a low temperature oven. With my salt dough, I made a few gift tags. Here is the simple recipe for salt dough
1 part salt (1/2 cup)
1 part water (1/2 cup)
2 parts flour (1 cup)
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and you should end up with a workable dough in a minute or two. If it seems too dry just wet your hands to add a bit more water. If it seems too sticky, add a bit more flour.
The first time I made this dough, I made a real small amount; half of what’s listed above. I just wanted to experiment a bit. And I’m glad I did. There are so many different things you can do with it.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use the ink with the stamps or just leave the indentation of the stamp. I also wasn’t sure if I wanted to bake them or let them air dry. So, I tried it all. I would suggest that if you do just want to leave indentations in your tag…..ummm….don’t bake them. They can puff up as they bake and you will lose your design. Here are a couple things I came up with.
After these experiments, I decided I wanted to make a tag with a colorful design and attach it to a piece of card-stock so I could write a message on the back without difficulty. That’s when I came up with these.
Here is the process:
- Roll your salt dough out so that it is about 3/16 of an inch think or just a bit over 1/8 inch.
- Stamp your desired pattern onto the dough several time using a variety of colors. Feel free to let the images overlap (if that’s what you’re into)
- Using a cookie/biscuit cutter in whatever size you like best (I used a 2 inch cutter) cut out circles from your patterned dough.
- Using a skewer, make a hole at the top of each circle (if you forget to make the holes before baking….you won’t be able to make them later, so try not to forget. I almost did).
- Carefully place the circles onto a cookie sheet and bake at 200-250 degrees for about 90-120 minutes or until they have dried out and are hard. My circles didn’t really puff up….but they have been known to. So, be aware that you may end up with puffed circles. You may want to make extra….just to be safe.
- Using the same size cutter used to make the tags, draw circles onto card-stock by tracing along the outside of the cutter with a pencil.
- To cut your circles, use scissors to cut along the outside of the pencil marks.
- You should end up with a circle slightly bigger than the baked/dried tag (the tags seem to shrink a bit in the oven).
- Place a baked tag on top of a paper circle and line up the tops.
- Use a pencil to mark onto the paper where the hole of the baked tag is.
- Remove the baked tag and with a small hole punch (1/8″ diameter), punch a hole into the paper circle that will line up with the one on the baked tag.
- Using a hot glue gun, place a spot of glue onto the baked tag and quickly attach the paper circle, being careful to line up the holes in both.
- Attach string, twine. or ribbon.
I hope you have fun experimenting with salt dough! I would love to see what you come up with.