Sunday 7 July 2013

Salt Dough - something just for children?!

I don't know about you but my childhood memories include Rainbows, Brownies and A LOT of salt dough 'creations'. In fact there are still some very sorry looking salt dough baubles that we hang on the family Christmas tree every year! But after reading a couple of wedding magazines and browsing for DIY wedding ideas guess what kept coming up?! SALT DOUGH! They suggested it for favours, wedding gifts, decorations, place names - anything really! I'd thought I'd give them a whirl - what did I have to lose? Well it seems actually you lose a lot of time, they took 11 hours to 'cook' or dry out on a very low heat in the oven! That was the only down fall, you have to have a whole day when you're not leaving the house.

How I made them:

2 cups of Plain Flour
1 cup of Salt (you can get it really cheap at places like B&M Bargains)
1 cup of water, or however much is needed to make a dough consistency

1) Combine the ingredients until they form a dough which you can knead.
2) Flour a clean, smooth surface and troll out the dough until its as thick as you want it to be for what you're making. I rolled mine out until it was about as thick as a £1 coin.
3) Using biscuit cutters, you can make as many shapes you like or need. I d's lots of circles, little stars to use as gift tags at Christmas etc.
4) I have an alphabet stamp set that my partner got me for Christmas but if you don't have a set then they are about £10 from eBay. I pressed each letter stamp well into normal black ink and then carefully into the salt dough shapes.
5) Repeat until you have the word you'd like to write.
6) Carefully place them on a floured baking tray and let them dry out in an ovens that's about 60'C for around 9-12 hours. They shouldn't really change in colour but they will get very hard.
7) Alternatively you could let them dry out over night (not in the oven) but I was too impatient!

What do you think?

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