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Salt Dough Ornaments

Author/Submitted by: Purple Puma Cookie Co.
Servings: 1
Categories: Christmas / Holidays / Information

Ingredients:
2  cups  flour
1  cup  salt
1  cup  water

Directions:
Mix salt and flour. Slowly add water, mixing as you add it. Towards the end you will have to put dough on a work counter or on a lightly oiled surface and knead well until dough is smooth. This dough can be used to make long lasting ornaments and decorations. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 1 1/2 hours until dry. After they have completely cooled, you can paint them with acrylic paints and tie ribbons around them. If you want to hang them up bake sure that you make holes to hang them before baking. For a smooth, white porcelain like dough, mix 1 cup cornstarch and 2 cups baking soda in a saucepan. Add 1 1/3 cups of cold water and stir until smooth. Heat slowly stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken. Turn mixture out on a plate, cover and let cool. knead until smooth. Dust bread board with cornstarch and roll out dough. Add more cornstarch to prevent sticking. Cut out ornaments(remember to make holes for hanging!) and place on wire racks to air dry for a few days. After drying you can paint the ornaments and hang on your tree or use as package tie ons. You can use cookie cutters for making the decorations. Use the bigger cutters that don't have small areas for the dough to stick in and can't get it out. Use these doughs for making decorations for any holiday as well as birthdays.

Note from one person who followed this recipe: I ended up cooking them at 325 degrees for about 5 minutes before I realized what was going on. I then took out that batch. I rolled (and was it ever easy) the next batch about 1/8 - 1/4" thick. and used a straw to make the hole for the string (I used raffia). I then baked on whatever temp. I turned it down to until they started to brown. Then I removed them. I made the recipe/ornaments for my Tiger Cub den and we used acrylic paint to decorate them with. It made about 19-20 ornaments and the boys really enjoyed themselves.


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