Published : 10/12/2011 00:35:08
Categories : Party Games and Ideas
The other day I described my preferred method of creating salt dough, and explained how to create your own Christmas decorations with it. Children love making things out of salt dough, and with care the end results can last for years.
Today I'm going to offer a few tips on decorating and finishing the decorations. Do make sure you read through the salt dough recipe I offered the other day first, and remember that if you are going to use the oven to finish off the dough, don't be tempted to turn up the heat beyond the recommended temperature as this could very easily cause the dough to crack and become much weakened. One thing I have heard from people is that it is possible to use food colouring in the dough to pre-colour the decorations.
Yes, this is quite true, but I find that the intensity of the colour is very poor, and it is much better to add the colour to the cooked/dried surface afterwards for a better effect. Because the temperature at which you 'cook' the salt dough decorations is so low you can add some things to the decorations though.
If you pop down to your local craft shop you can buy a bag of little gems, usually made of glass, and even small mirrors. These can be embedded in the decorations while the dough is soft, and won't damage when cooked in the oven, as long as you don't turn the heat up beyond a quarter of a gas mark. These gems and mirrors can really help make the finished product catch the light and look quite magical. The two ways I prefer decorating my salt dough Christmas decorations is either covering them with PVA glue and then sprinkling glitter over them, or using acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is the best type to use, and helps create a smooth and very strong coating. If you have a craft shop near you then you might find an outlining pen is a useful tool as well. This can be used to create slightly raised patterns such as dots or lines using gold paint, adding even more depth and interest to your decoration. Finally, as long as you remembered to make a hole when modelling the dough you can then thread some ribbon through the decoration and hang it on the tree. More ideas to follow in the next few days, so watch this space!