Monday, December 12, 2011

Holidays on a Budget: The Perfect Salt Dough

Salt dough ornaments are great not only from a frugal standpoint, but they are a great activity for the kids.
There are many salt dough recipes out there, but this simple one, with no "weird" stuff added works wonders. The secret to a nice, smooth dough is remembering to knead it. Just because it isn't a dough you will be eating, many people overlook this step.

Mix together:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1 cup (give or take a bit as needed) water
Knead until smooth an pliable. Cover and let sit for at least 10 minutes or until ready to use.

Roll to about 1/4th of an inch thick and cut with cookie cutters.
Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a 200 degree oven (lowest setting) for a few hours or until dry. 
Paint, let dry, and glue hangers to the back.