Wednesday, October 10, 2012

{Organic Wednesday} Salt Dough Favors

Salt dough recipe below




Salt Dough Recipe
Ingredients
1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water 

Directions
1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour.
2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
3. With your hands form a ball with your dough and kneed it for at least 5 minutes. The longer you kneed your dough the smoother it will be.
Store your salt dough in a air tight container and you will be able to use it for days.
You can use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and stamps to imprint into the clay once they have been rolled out. Experiment with pressure to find the perfect amount you need. Paint your creations with acrylic paints and seal with varnish or polyurethane spray.
You can let your salt dough creations air dry, however salt dough can also be dried in the oven. Bake at 200 F until your creation is dry. The amount of time needed to bake your creations depends on size and thickness; thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker creations can take 2-3 hours or more. You can increase your oven temperature to 350 F, your dough will dry faster but it may also brown, which won't matter if you are painting your entire creation (you can also cover your dough in the oven before it turns brown).
There are a few options to color your salt dough1. Add powdered tempera paint to your flour, 2. add food coloring or paint to the water before you mix it with the salt/flour, or 3. add natural coloring like instant coffee, cocoa, or curry powder. source


These white clay tags are made out of white clay, not salt dough.

34 comments

  1. Wow what a great idea... might have to try this one!!

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  2. Great idea!! I think I am going to make these and attach them to Christmas gifts this year.

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  3. I am loving this idea!! Salt dough? Who would have ever guessed that? I've got to try this one day. I bet it's fun to make, too!

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  4. I absolutely love this idea! Can't wait to try this out!

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  5. You realise, I'm sure, that Marley&Lockyer isn't salt dough...but earthenware clay; you won't get the same results...

    http://www.marleyandlockyer.com/2011/11/quite-buzz.html

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  6. Good point Laura, I just changed the wording to be more specific about Marley & Lockyer's work.

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  7. Hi Layla,
    I just spotted this post. Thanks for the mention. Yes, my work is done with white clay and there was a little mention on my blog about the salt dough thing as I didnt want people to be disappointed when the salt dough didnt turn out the same. Thanks for clarifying it fo your readers and thank you to Laura for the mention as well. Your site is beautiful.
    Ness xx
    Marley & Lockyer

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  8. I tried it and it's too soupy!!could never roll it. my ingredients were correct so I don't know what to think!!)-:

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  9. That is weird, I tried it and had the opposite, I had to add more water since it was more dry. I guess that is what happens when you cook everyone's recipe always turns out different. Must experiment more.

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  10. really neat!! gonna have to make these!!

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  11. Very nice, I'm going to make some of these !!!

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  12. These are fantastic! I had to pin this on Pinterest! I hope to have time to make these this holiday.

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  13. Is that a stamp for the "I LOVE YOU" ?? How is that so neatly written

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  14. Would this work for a childs hand or footprint?

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  15. I don't think that hand or footprints would work on this, but you could try. Usually you need to use a clay or molding clay for that. I love Red Envelope and they have these two kits for infants: deluxe baby keepsake kit from RedEnvelope.com http://bit.ly/u50RgO OR keepsake baby prints ornament from RedEnvelope.com http://bit.ly/sdl1EO

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  16. Just made these and had to add just a little bit more flour. Also might be a good idea to add the water in slowly. I made one with my dogs paw print, they are in the oven now but I think they will turn out fine!

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  17. we love this idea! we re-blogged it at:
    http://tumblewee.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/diy-christmas-from-the-blog-world/
    with a link to your site.
    such a cute idea! ash & meg @ tumblewee.com

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  18. so I just made these...and they are like permanently stuck to the pan! I did the whole bake thing...I remembered half way through I might need to put some kind of non stick spray so I did for a couple and those come off but they look like they are stained and are really brittle? What to do?!

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  19. The spray is recommended, but they may have been baked at too high of a temperature. Some say 300 F, but that may also be too hot. Try these directions for baking:
    You can let your salt dough creations air dry, however salt dough can also be dried in the oven. Bake at 200 F until your creation is dry. The amount of time needed to bake your creations depends on size and thickness; thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker creations can take 2-3 hours or more. You can increase your oven temperature to 350 F, your dough will dry faster but it may also brown, which won't matter if you are painting your entire creation (you can also cover your dough in the oven before it turns brown).

    There are a few options to color your salt dough: 1. Add powdered tempera paint to your flour, 2. add food coloring or paint to the water before you mix it with the salt/flour, or 3. add natural coloring like instant coffee, cocoa, or curry powder.
    http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Salt-Dough-Recipe.html

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  20. I'm doing these as a wedding favor for my daughters weddding. I found that 200 oven works the best for 2 hours to dry. I also use perchment paper and they have not stuck yet. Once they dried I put a coat of white glue mixed with a little water. After that dry I painted them and final coat was clear nail polish for shine.

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  21. I am also wondering how the typing "I love you" was imprinted. Is it a stamp?

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  22. Love these!!! Salt dough is my passion though!

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  23. I love salt dough for Christmas ornaments or just cheap fun! Thanks for reminding me of it :-)
    A couple of things I've learned and used in years past-
    -melted wax makes a great surface over your finished piece, just be sure to wrap the finished piece and keep it in a cool place
    -acrylic paint can mixed right in the dough
    -watercolors work great after baking for rosy cheeks or a more subtle look
    -a paper clip or a wire loop can be added for a hanger before baking
    -I've used foil on my pans underneath the dough and it works great, but parchment would work too
    -lower heat for a longer time has given me better results
    Thanks again!

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  24. When do you put the stamp on?

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  25. How many ornaments does this recipe make?

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  26. How adorable! This would be perfect for homemade gift tags or wedding table numbers - maybe even place cards if you had the patience to stamp one for every single guest. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

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  27. I have been looking for this How to make and a friend Shared it with me..Thank You.

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  28. Are the finished products brittle? I tried to make handmade buttons from polymer clay but they turned out like little tart candies and broke super easy..

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  29. They do turn out brittle so make sure you don't roll them out too thin.

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  30. Where can I get the stamp for writing on them please? Thank you Ellie

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  31. You can buy stamps at craft stores like Michaels or AC Moore make sure the letter are raised, good quality, and well defined letters so they imprint well.

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  32. How long would it take to air dry?

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