Homemade playdough, a fun Christmas activity to do at home

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Making your own salt dough at home couldn’t be easier and it’s a fun activity for children of all ages.

Recipe for salt dough

1 cup of salt

2 cups of plain flour (don’t use self-raising as it raises when cooked)

1 cup of lukewarm water

Add food colouring or glitter for a festive look.

You will also need:

Baking tray, Rolling pin, Drinking straw, Christmas shaped cookie cutters Paintbrush, Glitter, Ribbon.


Step 1: Preheat oven to120 Celsius

Step 2: Measure flour and salt, then add them to a medium mixing bowl and stir. Add water

Step 3: Mix thoroughly. Sprinkle parchment paper with flour and knead dough until it’s soft and pliable. Add more flour if it’s very sticky

Step 4: Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness

Step 5: Cut out ornaments using cookie cutters

Step 6: Place shape on an ungreased cookie sheet

Step 7: Using a straw, create a hole for the ribbon that will hang the ornament

Step 8: Place ornaments in the oven and bake for two to three hours, or until completely dry. Turn once while baking, then remove and allow them to cool completely

Step 9: When the ornaments have cooled, decorate them with paints and/or glitter if desired

Optional step: If you want your ornaments to last for years and years, seal them with three to four thin coats of non-toxic acrylic varnish after the decorative paint has fully dried. Make sure to coat the entire surface to prevent moisture from getting in.

(Helpful hint – if you don’t have acrylic glue, add a couple of squirts of PVA glue to regular child-safe paint)




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