Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Salt Dough Easter Eggs

The last time we made something with salt dough was with a Valentines project.  Making the salt dough is super easy and the best part is you can make the dough into whatever shape you want or with whichever cookie cutters you may have on hand.

We decided to try some salt dough eggs for the Easter holiday.  If your looking to try something other than the traditional dying of real eggs this could be a good alternative.

Here's how to make a salt dough recipe:
3/4 C flour
3 Tablespoon salt
1 Teaspoon cooking oil
1/3 C water
Mixing bowl

Simply use your hands to mix together the flour, salt and oil in a bowl.  Add a bit of water and mix in until you have a smooth, thick dough, dry enough so it doesn't stick to the bowl.  If the mixture is too sticky just add more flour, if too crumbly add more water.  Next, put some flour on a cutting board and knead the dough until smooth.  Once you have the shape you want put onto a baking sheet and into the oven at 250 degrees for about 3 hours.  Baking time can vary depending on the size and thickness of your dough creation.  Just make sure the dough is hard all the way through.  You may want to check on your dough after about 2 hours.

If you will be using your salt dough creation to hang be sure to use a straw to make a tiny hole so that you can loop some string/yarn through later on.  If you don't want to hang you might consider gluing a magnet to the back to display on your refrigerator.  

As you can see we also used our Mickey Mouse cookie cutter! 

The eggs were so much fun to decorate.  Kids can be as creative as they want.  We used glitter paint and some white paint to make designs on our painted eggs.  Of course you can use as many colors as you want!  

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