Yesterday Bella had a lovely afternoon at the table playing with salt dough. We've used this for lots of projects over the years - decorations, winter displays and all sorts of other things, but today I'm sharing how little ones can make their own trinket holder.
You'll need to ensure that the salt dough recipe isn't too wet for this activity - you'll want it more on the dry side so that it has the strength to hold into position during the drying process.
Here are the materials and instructions for the salt dough:
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup cooking oil
- Food coloring (optional)
Add the flour, salt, water and cooking oil together in a bowl, mixing it until combined with a spoon. Then add a few drops of food colouring and mix through with your hands until the colour is even. Sometimes it's necessary to add an extra dash of flour - you want the mixture to be firm and not too wet/sticky - we added an extra handful of flour to ours yesterday to ensure it wasn't too soggy.
Make a circular base for your trinket holder.
Roll out a sausage of salt dough.
Start coiling each sausage around the base of the circle - keep going until you're happy with the height.
You can leave your salt dough creations out to dry for a few days or else pop them in the oven on a low temperature (we did ours on 150 degrees celsius) for a few hours.
Ta-da! After they're dry you have some lovely decorative boxes to keep all sorts of treasures in:
Here's the little trinket box:
And the big one:
Don't forget to pop over to Tamar's blog to see her project for today. I'll be back later on this evening with a sneak peek for tomorrow :)