For the last of our storybook advent activities for kids this year we have a fun Rudolph Craft using one of our favourite crafting materials. This Rudolph Decoration for the tree uses one of our best Salt Dough Recipes for Christmas Decorations our gingerbread salt dough. It’s so easy to make and if you scroll down you’ll see any alternative idea we used the same salt rough ingredients to make as well. So here we go our Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Salt Dough Ornaments for Kids to Make for Christmas.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is one of our all-time favourite Christmas Characters. We love the book, the movie and the song.
There are so many different versions of the book it can be hard to settle on just one, however, our favourite by far is this version.
We love the classic illustrations preferring them over some of the cartoon versions for younger kids.
Rudolph Salt DOugh Decoration
Salt dough is such an easy material to make. It uses just 3 ingredients from the kitchen for the traditional recipe.
However, it is so easy to colour and scent making decorations even simpler and quicker to create with the kids.
These Rudolph Salt Dough Ornaments for the Christmas Tree are made with coloured and scented gingerbread salt dough and then painted.
They were inspired by these easy Reindeer Cookies from Crystal and Co that we have been making for a few years.
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Which is the Best Paint for Salt Dough Decorations?
What paint to use for salt dough decorations is a question we are often asked.
Although you can use a variety of paints THE BEST paints to use are acrylic paints.
We have tried kids acrylic paints but have settled on using this set as I find it’s great for kids crafts as well as my own painting.
We get asked many more questions and have put together our guide to crafting with salt dough which hopefully will answer everything else. If not leave a comment and we will answer it there.
Although we have oven dried these they can be air-dried or you can make them using the microwave salt dough recipe we have perfected.
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Rudolph Salt Dough Ornaments for the Christmas Tree
- Rolling Pin
- Paint Brushes
- Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter
- Baking Tray
- Pair of Scissors
- Make up the salt dough according to the recipe linked above.
- Knead until smooth.
- Roll out the dough to around 1cm thick.
- Using the gingerbread men cookie cutters cut out as many as you can from the dough. Remove the excess combine and create more. Until you have used all of the salt dough.
- Now take the straw and form a hole between the legs of each gingerbread man. This is where you will hang your reindeer from!
- Transfer the decorations to a lined baking tray and place in the oven on the lowest heat for around 1 and a half hours until they are thoroughly dry.
- Remove and allow to cool.
- Now paint! Start with painting white dots around the head of the gingerbread man.
- Add in a bright red nose to the head.
- Place 2 white dots for eyes above the red nose.
- Now paint in the arms with the brown. These are to be the ears.
- Mix a little white with the brown and use this light brown to draw in the antlers down the legs of the reindeer.
- Leave to dry.
- Finished off the painting with black dots in the eyes and if you like a set of white dots around the ears of the reindeer.
- Allow drying before threading the ribbon or twine so you don't smudge the painting.
- Now thread the ribbon or twine and hang on the Christmas Tree.
More Salt Dough Decorations to Create
- Christmas Scented Salt Dough Star Garland.
- Salt Dough Paw Print Ornament
- Salt Dough Gift Tags to Make
More Rudolph Crafts for Kids
- Paper Plate Rudolph Craft fro Kids
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Snow Globe
- Rudolph Watercolor and Oil Paintings for Kids to Make
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.