Day 2: Salt Dough Ornament

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Since I did a recipe yesterday I thought I would switch domestic gears and attempt to find my crafty side. It is in here somewhere…
Again, I didn’t want to jump the gun and overestimate my abilities, so I decided to try the salt dough Santa’s that are plastered all over Pinterest this time of year. I also had about 4 different Facebook friends post their versions today, so I thought I’d follow suit.
How hard could it be?

I found one of the thousands of pins for this idea (here is the one I used) and thankfully I checked it out early in the morning because these things take like 3+ hours to bake.

Salt Dough Ingredients:

1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup flour (I didn’t have white so I used whole wheat)
1/4 cup of water

That’s it! This is what I loved about this Pin. The less ingredients the better.

Baking Instructions:

(Before you begin, please make sure your kids are exactly where you want them. I had to wrestle mine into his highchair with dough covered hands because he wouldn’t stop touching the preheating oven)

1. Knead ingredients together till a dough forms

2. Roll the dough out into a handprint sized patty
(I don’t have a rolling pin – SHOCKER – so I just smushed it down until it was a decent size, I had to do this a couple times due to step 3)

3. Press your kids hand in the dough
(All my little dude wanted to do was grab and squish it. He wouldn’t let me get his handprint in it.  Eventually, after about 10 minutes, I managed to get a decent one.

4. With something sharp, cut around the imprint and leave a small border.
(I just used a steak knife for this you can make other little ornaments with the extra or just toss it out)

5. Make a small hole in the bottom so it can be hung
(I completely forgot this step. Blonde moment. I may try drilling a hole into it, but that seems like a lot of effort. So for now it’ll just lean up on the mantle)

6. Put it on a cookie sheet and bake for 3 hours at 200 F (or 90 C)
(I had it in for longer than 3 hours. Probably closer to 4. I thought I was being smart by spraying the cookie sheet with Pam even though the recipe didn’t call for it, all it did was make the bottom not cook properly and take longer. So don’t do that)

Painting Necessities:

White Paint
Red Paint
Black Marker
Brushes

Painting Instructions:

1. Once it’s cooled, paint the whole ornament white. Let dry

2. Paint the santa hat part red. Let Dry

3. Mix up some light pink paint and paint the face. Let Dry
(I added the “Let dry” because I was really impatient and my colours kind of bled together)

4. AFTER ALL THE PAINT IS DRY. Use the black marker fill in the features of the face, beard and hat.
(Again my impatience got the best of me and my outlining didn’t turn out as nice as it could have if I had waited.)

Anyways that’s it! Done and it only took me all day.

Here’s the original blog’s pic:
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And here’s my awesome version:

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This one didn’t give me too much trouble and it is cute in an ugly kind of way. To me anyways!

Day 2 down!

*****However, I would like to add a serious notation here to let everyone know that salt dough is extremely toxic to animals. The amount of salt in this recipe is enough to cause serious harm and could be fatal to an animal depending on the size of the animal and the amount ingested.*****

Want to know how I know this? Because I have a Hoover for a dog. Our female dog eats ANYTHING that lands on the floor around the high chair. Normally this is a good thing, we call the dogs our “Canine Cleanup Crew”. It saves me from having to get out the vacuum or the mop after mealtimes.
Well, I thought I’d be a good mom and give my son a “sensory experience” by giving him the trimmings to play with. The thought crossed my mind that – worst case scenario – he may end up eating a bit of it, but technically its edible and I’m sure he wouldn’t like the taste anyways. I kind of overlooked the fact that my child loves to throw things across the room once he’s done with them. (Including – but not limited to – food, sippy cups, toys, keys, cell phones, iPads and apparently salt dough)
Not a second after it was launched, she found it and scarfed it down. After about 3 mins she ran into the living room and proceeded to throw it all up on our dining room area rug. I then googled it and sure enough, this isn’t something you want your dog eating.

She’s fine though! Eating, drinking and acting like normal and the vet says she’ll be good.

It was a pretty fun day.

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