Creating decorations for the tree is one of our favourite activities and salt dough decorations are so easy to make, if you use our Quickest Ever Salt Dough Recipe which takes up to 3 minutes in the microwave then you can decorate as soon as they have cooled down. However, using the oven there is a while before you can decorate then.
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Baked and cooled Salt Dough Decoration
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I put the acrylic paints on a plastic lid (my slightly obsessive not mixing colour came out at first and I gave J just green – but to be fair he was painting trees and holly leaves first of all). Then left him to the painting initially.
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He happily painted the green onto the leaves and then I let myself go wild and gave him a mix of different colours on the plastic lid and we both sat down and painted together. We decorated all of the salt dough decorations – some 1 sided and some 2 sided (remember to put a plastic sheet on the table that you are using so that they don’t stick or mark the table as they dry).
Putting the decorations to the side we let them dry and then came back to them once they were dry (using acrylics meant that they dried a lot quicker than when I did this in the past with poster paints).
To decorate we used glitter glue – some of them I decorated and others J decorated squeezing the glue and then spreading the glitter around with a paint brush.
I’m attaching a red ribbon to the Christmas decorations when dry to hang on the tree and after Christmas will be covering them all in an acrylic varnish and write on the reverse of them with J’s name and Christmas 2011 so we have created a memory of this Christmas that we can bring out and put on the tree every year.