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With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to get all the decorations out, and in our house, that means the Easter tree. Not everybody has one but it’s actually a very old and very popular European tradition. We always had one in our house growing up so I naturally carried on this tradition when I moved out. Plus, I just love any excuse to decorate and celebrate.
Here is a step by step guide on how to make salt dough easter decorations for your tree.
What you will need:
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- Cookie cutters/the free printable I have provided below
- Sharp knife
- String or ribbon for hanging
Step 1. Mix all of the above ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until you have a soft dough. If it’s a little sticky, add more flour and if it’s a bit dry, add more water.
Step 2. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until it’s a thickness of around 1cm.
Step 3. Cut out your shapes. You can use any cookie cutter shapes you like or download my free printables below. You will need a good sharp knife to cut around these and you may want to print onto card so that it stays sturdy whilst cutting. Use a small pen lid or nail head to cut out a hole in each of your decorations for string/ribbon.
Step 4. Once you have cut out all of your shapes. You can either leave over night to dry naturally or, if you’re in a bit of a hurry, place on a baking tray in the oven at a temperature of 95℃ for 3 hours.
Step 5. Now that your decorations are dry, use sandpaper to tidy up any uneven edges and then they are ready t0 paint. Acrylic paint is the best paint to use for salt dough. You can use any colours you like, and add as much detail as you like.
Step 6. The finishing touch is to add the hanging material. I have used raffia for mine but you can use string, ribbon, wire, etc.
That’s it, you can now hang them on your tree and enjoy.
I hope this has been an easy tutorial to follow and that you have fun making your own salt dough decorations. Please feel free to leave any tips of your own or feedback in the comments below.