Salt Dough Window Heart

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

Kids love to create things. Salt dough is a simple and fun way to make all sorts of hand molded creations. This heart window ornament is a perfect example!

You will need:

1 cup salt

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup water

acrylic paint in pink, red, and white

paintbrush

sponge

pencil

pink or white ribbon

clear acrylic sealer

IMPORTANT NOTE: This recipe for salt dough makes a lot of ornaments. If you only plan on making a few, cut this recipe into fourths or in half.

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What you do

Preheat oven to 250 F. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. BE CAREFUL. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it. THIS DOUGH IS NOT EDIBLE. // Roll out the dough. To make the heart, you can either use a heart shaped cookie cutter, or do like we did and use a kitchen paring knife (parents please!) to create the shape you want. Our heart is approximately 4 inches high, but the size is completely up to you! Once your heart is cut out, use your fingers to smooth the edges of the heart. Place the heart onto the cookie sheet to avoid trying to move it later. Take small pieces of dough and roll into balls. Gently press the ball shapes onto the heart at equal intervals, approximately 3/4″ apart (based on a 4″ heart, adjust for your size). Use the point of a pen or pencil to create a hole at the top of the heart for the ribbon hanger. Bake ornament(s) on cookie sheet for approximately 2 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. To decorate, paint the entire heart with pink acrylic paint. Paint the back of the heart pink as well. Apply a second coat to both sides, let dry. Paint the “dots” on the front of the heart with red paint and allow to dry. Use a sponge to dab white paint over the entire front of the heart, including the red dots. Let dry. Finish with a coat of clear acrylic sealer. String pink or white ribbon through the hole at the top of the heart and knot it at the top. Hang in your little girl’s bedroom window!

Amanda Formaro
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Amanda Formaro is a freelance writer, editor, craft designer, and recipe developer. She loves multi-tasking and has been writing and working on the Internet since 1997. You can find her at AmandaFormaro.com. You’ll find her craft projects at CraftsbyAmanda.com and her recipes on AmandasCookin.com.


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