Our son and daughter-in-law recently had a four day business trip planned so Grandma and Grandpa had Maggie, Jacob, Zellene , dog Emmy and guinea pigs, Carkey and Lila over for some fun, busy days together!
One of the activities I planned for their stay was to make Halloween ornaments out of salt dough. We used the following recipe I found at mommypotamus:
Ingredients and items needed:
- 1 cup flour (don’t use self-rising flour because it will cause the ornaments to bubble up while baking)
- ½ cup salt
- ½ cup water (you can add a little bit more if needed)
- Rolling pin
- Cookie sheet
- Drinking straw
- Cookie cutters
- Acrylic paints
- Mix the flour and salt together.
- Add water and mix.
- Place on floured parchment paper and knead until soft and pliable adding little bits of flour if too sticky.
- Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll dough to approximately ¼ inch thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut shapes.
- Place shapes on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Use the straw to create a hole to put your ribbon through for hanging.
- Place ornaments in the oven and bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours. Turn ornaments one time during baking.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- When cool, have fun painting and decorating!
Note: If you want your ornaments to last for years, seal them with three to four thin coats of non-toxic acrylic varnish after the paint has completely dried. To keep moisture from getting in be sure to coat the entire surface really well.
Jacob and Maggie mixed the ingredients, requiring a little help as it thickened. Even little Zellene wanted in on the mixing! Next the kids had fun rolling out the dough and getting as much flour on them as the table! I purchased some Halloween cookie cutters for the kids to use on their project. As they cut them I placed them on the cookie sheets. All of the dough was quickly gone and into the oven the shapes went to bake for 3 hours.
Then Jacob, Maggie and I all went outside and dusted ourselves off!
After baking was completed and the ornaments cooled the kids painted them with acrylic paint and chose certain ones to add glitter to. Then the ornaments were left to sit overnight. Keep in mind our ornaments were made by an independent 3 and 5 year old and they did a great job. Sometimes it is so tempting to try to take over and help too much, but especially Maggie is very independent and wants to do things in her own style!
The following day we tied ribbons on for hanging. Grandpa brought home a tree branch for us to hang them on which we placed in a basket on the front porch and poured stone around it to hold it in place. Jacob and Maggie were very specific about where to hang each one and when finished they were very proud of their Halloween tree.
The following day we made a trip to a local farm which included a fun wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch. Maggie and Jacob picked out their pumpkins including one for little Zellene. The trip included playing in the corn crib, sliding and swinging and going through the corn maze. When we got home we carved the pumpkins and once again, Maggie knew just how she wanted them. She wanted round eyes and a round mouth, so she drew her design and Grandma cut it out for her.
Our four days together also included a trip to Chuck-e-Cheese and open gym, and lots of playtime.
The days passed, parents returned safely and Grandpa and Grandma recuperated!