Salt Dough gifts

Falafel and I made up a few batches of salt dough (we use a GF recipe), sat down, and created up a storm. I had a few ideas I wanted to try out this year.  Salt dough is the perfect thing to experiment with, since it only has three (relatively inexpensive) ingredients, and one is water. The first that I made is:

Salt dough mini dishes

Salt dough mini dishes

I LOVE how these came out. Although I will say that I probably should have baked them a bit longer. I left them in the oven for three hours instead of 2, but the centers are still a tiny bit soft. They probably could have gone for another hour.

Salt dough mini dishes

I used the pinch pot method, and then flattened them out a bit. They each measure about 2-3″ in diameter.

  Salt dough mini dishes

After I baked and cooled them, I used acrylic paints to decorate them. Then sealed each with Polycrylic.

Salt dough mini dishes

I found some design ideas on Pinterest. And then set to work.

Salt dough mini dishes

I adore them. I hope they actually hold up! They look like they would be perfect for holding small jewlery or coins.

The next one I made is:

Salt dough heart wall hanging

This one was simple. I took a butter knife, and cut out a rustic-looking heart. It is a larger one (about 8-10 inches). I punched two holes using a pencil top. Then baked, cooled, painted it, and sealed it.

Salt dough heart wall hanging

To make the hanger, I wound wire around a pencil, then pulled it off and attached the ends, by twisting, to each hole.

The last one I did is:

Salt dough Feather ornaments

Again, I took my trusty butter knife and cut out rough shapes of feathers. I textured the tops with the same knife. Punched holes using the top of a pencil.

Salt dough Feather ornaments

Baked, cooled, painted, and then sealed.

Salt dough Feather ornaments

Add a thin ribbon, or ornament hook, and you have got yourself a great little gift, or gift topper.

Woot Woot! Salt dough to the rescue once again. It just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without whipping up a batch or two of these.