Christmas Scented Salt-Dough Ornamentsby fig + fauna farm on 12/16/11
Every year, we make Christmas ornaments for friends and family. Salt dough ornaments are by far a favorite, as they can be painted, molded or cut in any style and they won't break the bank either! This year, we scented our dough with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger - all the gentle aromas that say "Merry Christmas".
We began by making impressions with semi "conventional" items, like wildflowers and sage leaves, but as we got into it and ideas arose, we found ourselves trying out something a little different...
/// PHOTOS BY ROSE E MARTIN
Some ideas came through better than others, but the imprints of chicken feet, toddler fingers and the seasonal flora was a way of marking the time we had - a wonderful time indeed.
SCENTED SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS
You will need:
1 cup all purpose flour
Spices of your choice
1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup salt
Rolling pin or large bottle
Cookie cutters and items for impressions
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Mix flour, salt and spices well in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add warm water with a spoon. Then, knead the dough until soft and pliable. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until dough is about 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes and make impressions in the dough. With a toothpick or drinking straw, make holes on the tops of the ornaments to string later. Gently place the ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake for about one hour or until dry and hard. Let cool before painting and varnishing.