Several versions of the recipe for salt dough are used in crafts. Some of them require cooking and others don't. Either way, most of the doughs are air dried and do not require baking. Poster paints, food colouring and liquid acrylic craft paints are used to colour the crafted pieces before or after they're shaped. For durability, use a brush on varnish. Spray varnish can be used for items that won't be handled often, such as wall hangings.
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Lids and Covers
Make special jar lid covers for the jams, jellies and preserves you give as gifts. Press the lid into the dough to get the exact shape. Large glass jars used in country kitchen decor can be done the same way. Paint the lids in colours to match the kitchen. Replace broken cookie jar lids with dough art lids. Paint them in colours or motifs that match the cookie jar. Decals can be used on the lids in place of paints.
Hand-shape ornaments or use cookie cutters to cut them out. Use a wood skewer or toothpick to make holes in the tops of the ornaments for hanging. Insert a ribbon or piece of yarn to use the ornaments as gift ties. Decorate Christmas or Easter trees with dough art ornaments. Shapes painted like Easter eggs can be used to decorate baskets and gifts. Make ornaments to use for every holiday. Use food colouring to colour the dough while it's being mixed.
Wall hangings are made slightly larger than ornaments. Cookie cutters lightly pressed into the flattened dough create shapes can be painted to make a complete picture. Have a child make an impression of one or both hands. Allow the hanging to dry and paint it with flesh tone colours. Add the child's name, age and birth date to make a keepsake gift for grandparents. Create nature craft pictures by pressing flowers and leaves into the dough to make impressions.
Bowls, Containers and Miscellaneous
Fruit bowls can be made with salt dough. Once they are painted and varnished, place a cloth napkin in the bowl before placing the fruit inside. Desk containers for holding clips, pencils and pens can be made in a variety of sizes. For more stability, mould the dough around a glass or plastic jar. To use these as flower vases, leave the dough on the container until it hardens. Kids like pencil toppers they create themselves. Glue these on the tops of the pencils, then paint them.
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