Make & do: Salt dough decorations

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salt dough

salt doughThese can make lovely winter solstice decorations in the shapes of moons and suns and stars or they can make lovely gifts.  You will need:

200ml (1/3 pint) water, 300g (10oz) plain flour, 300g (10oz) salt, 1 tbsp of vegetable oil, cookie cutters, string or ribbon, acrylic paints, baking sheet.

Directions:

  • Combine flour, salt and water in a large bowl. If the dough seems sticky,     add more flour.
  • Take a handful of the dough and roll out with a rolling pin.
  • Cut into shapes with the cookie cutters.
  • Make a hole in top of the decoration for the ribbon (a dry piece of spaghetti is good).
  • Place on ungreased baking sheet and put in oven at 180c, gas 4 for 8  minutes or until slightly brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow cooling.
  • Paint with acrylic paints.
  • Allow to dry, and thread your ribbon through the hole.
  • Decorate your tree, wrap for gifts, or hang in windows.