I'm wishing you wonderful days!
Unfortunately, over here in the Netherlands, things are not as festive as we'd hoped: corona numbers are rising, shortly before the holidays a lockdown was announced, and to add insult to injury, the weather is as unfestive as is possibly imaginable: a crapload of rain has turned the entire country into a mushy, brown, glob, and today the wind is severe that our poor chickens were flying horizontally through the garden (they are now huddling together in the safety of our garage, looking scornfully outside).
So, we're staying inside, while the feline members of our household take endless naps, sometimes in the oddest places.
|Here's the most intelligent member of our household, who seems to have decided to take a nap in an egg carton..|
Salt dough? you may wonder.. For those of you who didn't play with it when you were younger; salt dough is a sort of clay you can very easily make yourself of flour and salt. Once you've baked it, it will be very strong, and rock solid, and will stay good for many years, provided you keep it awau from humid conditions ( because salt and water.. not a great combination)
As a child, I made endless amounts of sculptures, and furniture/ decorations for my barbies with salt dough, as it was my mum's go to craft because it's quick, fun and way less expensive than clay. An ideal material for craftiness in times of lockdown!
All you need is this...
|For once, I remembered to take a picture of the ingredients! |
(flour, salt, paint, cookie cutters, and a conifer branch)
If you're really in a pinch, this will do too:
|just salt and flour, that's all!|
The recipe is as follows:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup of water
- and if you want to get extra festive: some paint to colour the dough ( acrylic or water based, whatever you have at hand!)
just toss it all in a bowl, mix it by hand and..
|there's your salt dough! In extra festive green!|
I cleaned my working surface, and coated it in a very small amount of flour to prevent the dough from sticking to my countertop, and flattened the dough a bit with a rolling pin.
|because NOTHING says christmas like shredding your old, ugly hedge into tiny bits, and pressing them into a salty dough!|
|aren't they the cutest? I'm pretty chuffed with them! |
|with some string attached, they make an excellent christmas decoration!|