Like many other parts of the country, we have been snowed in for the last several days. Suffering from a serious case of cabin fever, little man and I were looking for something to entertain us all day. As a bonus, we were hoping to get his Valentine’s gifts done at the same time. We were inspired by Jean Van’t Hull at www.theartfulparent.com who has several wonderful posts about salt dough ornaments. If you have never checked out her blog, you should! She is so creative and has lots of fun art projects to try with your children.
We have made salt dough before and love the texture. Little man loved the idea of adding beads to the salt dough. See Lacey Salt Dough Ornaments at http://www.artfulparent.com/2011/12/punched-salt-dough-ornaments-beaded-ones-too.html. However, I was concerned about the smell of melting plastic in the oven, especially since it was too cold outside to open the windows and doors. I had been wanting to try adding food coloring to the dough and thought this would be as good a time as any.
I used the basic salt dough recipe of 4 cups flour, 1 cup salt and 1 1/2 cups water. Little man then squirted in quite a bit of the Wilton’s gel food color in magenta. The color is beautiful! The color did not work into the dough smoothly, despite a lot of kneading.
Little man loved the color contrast between the white and the pink and wanted to roll out it. He just loves to use his crocodile rolling-pin and could not wait for any more kneading. When we did, the marbling was just beautiful! A happy accident.
We cut out the hearts with a heart-shaped sandwich cutter and then used a straw to punch out holes in the top.
We then baked the salt dough ornaments at 225 degrees Farenheit for about 3 hours. Once they were cool, I wrote a short message, who it was from, and the year on the back in Sharpie.
Little man and I then got busy with the Modge Podge. We used the extreme glitter version as it is so sparkly and perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Once the Modge Podge was dry, I got little man to help me cut yarn for the hangers. Although the yarn is pretty, little man could not thread the yarn through the holes in the ornaments on his own. He also wanted to add pony beads for decoration. So we decided to do some with pipe cleaners which he could easily thread through the holes and add beads for decoration. I just LOVE how they turned out! Hope his friends and family will too.