Full of cold, can hardly talk, pounding head, rotten cough. Spent the day dosing myself up with Lemsip and stinking of Olbas Oil. A bit of craft therapy to relax and I have had such fun. Still go to personalise the backs of these then string them.
I followed a basic salt dough recipe
1 cup plain flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup water
extra flour for rolling
Pre-heat the oven to 100 oC
Mix together the flour, salt into a bowl.
Add the water and form mix until a soft ball is formed.
Roll out on a lightly dusted surface and cut shapes as required.
Consider the thickness of the shapes, I did a mixture of some chunkier ones as well as some which were thinner. I will update with more information but I will say, I did break off the point of a star being too enthusiastic with decorating it! Try not to overwork as I found it got a bit tacky and difficult to work with.
If you are making decorations to hang, don't forget to make the holes!!! A drinking straw is great for the job!
Place your shapes onto a prepared baking tray, I lined mine with grease proof paper and covered with foil. Heat for 2-3 hours.
I used a basic children's ready made paint but needed several coats. Once dry, I inked up a few of my favourite stamps and lightly stamped over the shapes. I used Memento inks which did smudge slightly so I would probably go for Staz-on next time. Embellish with Liquid Pearl, Perfect Pearls, Glitter, Metallic rub-ons......the choice is yours.
I found it quite effective to varnish then sprinkle glitter lightly over the shapes.
I am stringing these as in my previous post, with natural twine, a little lace and some gingham ribbon.