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18 November 2007


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They look great - I may have to have a go at those. It will be a great way of keeping the girls quiet for an hour or so!
Cathy XX


I think you've saved my bacon - I am supposed to be running a similar stall at our fair and was wondering what we could do that would be both cost effective and fun. Are you going to user acrylics, or is poster paint OK?


Brilliant! Now I have a craft project for my daughter's sixth birthday party on 20/12. German parties require thematic crafting, and this seems foolproof if I make the shapes ahead. Could you spell out in words of less than ten letters what kind of paint you'd use to decorate them?


I think acrylics would probably work best, just from the point of view of not making the dough too soggy again. And they will wash off skin.

Take care - the salt dough takes a few days to dry out, so if you're pre-fabricating them, start early!

French Knots

I think after a few hours with a hoard of under tens you'll need something stronger than handcream!!


Ali what do you use to make the little holes? I might make some of these with the FB, if I can persuade him that no they aren't for eating.

Bev and Ollie O

Great thing to do with kids, might even have a go myself...


They look great Ali! Going straight on my list of things I have to try - because I do, of course, need a longer list ;)


Hi ... just been having a good read through your blog, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

My smalls and I made Christmas decorations from salt dough a few years ago ... I thought they'd go mouldy or cruble, but no - they're still going strong!

Hope you don't mind if I bookmark and visit again?


very cool, ali! i've always hated working with that stuff. the texture and smell gross me out. but i think it's a great idea you have and can't wait to see the finished products!


can you bake them instead of letting them air dry? Just thinking it would go faster and the dough would be harder...

I'd like to try making these along w/the cinnamon/applesauce ones we made a few years ago. Kids enjoy them a lot and though the finished product might by lumpy/lopsided and funny looking - they will be nostalgic treasures when they are grown.


Our kinder always do these at Christmas for the kids and they dry them out slowly in the oven. The trick too is to make sure the salt is not too coarse or the texture isn't too nice. You could always use a hobby varnish on them once the paint has dried.


lizards hands - i love it! xx


These look great - I didn't know you could just dry these, I always bake mine before decorating. What is it with this obsessive cookie cutter collection anyway? I never seem to have enough of them!!!


Excellent idea Ali - now I can add another use to my cookie cutter collection which was added to at Spotlight this weekend much to husband's disgust!!

We break up for one month of hols in only 3 weeks and I'm desperately amassing lots of crafty projects (a few stolen from you already i should add!) to keep the wee people amused. One month of xmas hols - god help me....


they look fantastic!

I must try with my boys... (that's one dough they won't eat... ha ha ha)


Brilliant idea as gifts from my daughter to her 7 God parents!

Thank you

Ragged Roses

I remember salt dough! Just thinking about making it is making my hands all itchy!!! Well done you for making so many. I remember making loads of salt dough Easter decorations for a school craft fair. The kitchen was covered in them and they were very successful at school. Good luck
Kim x
PS the cake in the previous post looks very yummy


Excellent! You've saved me a google session! G wants to make these with his class that should be a "fun" lesson. :-)


You have the best ideas! I love them. Can't wait to see how they look painted up. I would like to make some myself to hang on the tree.


Ooh, thank you for the painting tip!

We still have 2 weeks to go so time for a trial run ...

Suzie Sews

Love this idea, have I understood that you have let them air dry, I seem to remeber cooking them? Please let me know if you have time as I am trying to organise our local schools craft room for this weekend!!!Ahhh!!!
Thank you

crystal vk

Will i need to bake these? If so, How long?


No need to bake them - just leave them somewhere warm to dry out. The length of time this takes depends on the thickness, but a couple of days ought to do it.

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crystal vk

Thank you for the quick post domesticali, i appreciate it!

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