Making funky faces with dough is a low-cost craft project that can be done by children of all ages from preschoolers on up. Using salt for this project will allow the children to paint the faces once they dry and use them as ornaments or magnets. Salt dough dries hard and will not crack or crumble while it dries. Making salt dough is simple enough for a grade school child to do. It is also fast and uses ingredients you likely have around the house.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Mixing bowl
Combine one cup salt, one cup flour, and half a cup water in a large mixing bowl. Either use your hands or a wood spoon to mix the combination until it is doughy. Use your hands to continue mixing and folding the dough until it can be formed into a ball.
Role a portion of the dough into a ball and flatten it for the face. Make the face larger or smaller by adjusting the amount of dough you use. Salt dough can be easily reformed, so keep working with it until you are happy with the size and shape of the face.
Create the eyes, nose, ears and mouth separately. Take smaller portions of the salt dough and create the facial features. Since you are trying to make a funky face, you do not need to make the feature proportionate to each other or the face.
Attach the eyes, nose, ears and mouth to the face by gently pressing them into the dough of the face. To make the face funky looking, arrange the facial features so they are not in their appropriate locations on the face. Give the face only one eye or two mouths. Get creative when making your funky face.
Let the dough sit over night to harden. As the dough hardens, the facial features will adhere to the face, and you will be able to pick it up without the eyes, nose, ears or mouth falling off.
Paint the funky face. When you are painting the face, use as many different colours as you want. Paint extra detail on the face, such as scars, warts or pimples. Paint the eyes different colours or paint them to look like cat eyes. When you are finished painting, let the face sit undisturbed until the paint is completely dry.
Tips and warnings
- Although you can use other types of dough for this project, salt dough is ideal.
- Do not try to paint the face until the dough is completely dry.
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