Creative escape

 

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SJTL Christmas decorations

 Following last weeks blog, people at my church have been busy making and decorating their own salt dough decorations. Someone made a heart with a C for Cheryl – which is such a lovely thought. Anyone else have their creations to share?  

It’s been a tough few weeks since Mum passed away. Ive been struggling to put in words how I feel so haven’t written a blog for a while. Everyday there is a fresh memory which brings a smile but more often tears. But she would want me find joy amid the pain so today I did a Christmas craft project to take my mind off things. You could try it to. It’s fun, easy and will look great on your tree. 

Finished dough

Finished dough

Make some salt dough

50g plain flour

50g table salt

1 tbs ground cinnamon

Mix dry ingredients together then add about 5oml water – I didnt measure  this so add it tablespoon by tablespoon and knead the mixture until you have a  smooth dough, not too sticky, not too dry. If its too sticky add more flour.

VLUU L310W L313 M310W / Samsung L310W L313 M310WRoll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/2 cm thick.

Cut out shapesCutting out shapesThen get creative and cut out shapes in your dough. You can use biscuit cutters if you have them. I cut round some card templates and kept the shapes small and dainty. Put a hole in each shape using a thin straw, biro or cocktail stick. Make sure it goes all the way through but dont damage your shape!

Shapes after bakingBake your shapes in the oven at 100 c for 1 hour, until they are hard. Depending on the size and thickness it may take longer. Leave to cool and then paint. You can use acrylic paints or water colours. You can be creative and use glitter or glitter glue. The cinnamon makes them smell delicious but dont be fooled into eating one. They taste disgusting with all that salt.

Paint decorations

They look lovely left natural with a few white dots or stars on them. I used reds, greens and whites. After drying you can fininsh with a coat of clear varnish to protect them.

Thread a string through the hole then hang on your tree or twigs. I got some twigs from the garden and sprayed them with gold paint.  Home made decorations to keep or give away as presents!Heart tree decorationVLUU L310W L313 M310W / Samsung L310W L313 M310WHang on tree

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