A few days ago, i made these salt dough wall decorations. for my room, i wonted to make some nice wall decorations that would go with my new bedding set & curtains. i wonted a new look for my room , so i have been buying brown and beige color items and new bedside lamps. i had fun making the wall decorations, it was the first time i've ever tried making something from salt dough, one wall tile i made did crack, and bits broke off, so that one was no good i had to throw that one away. but the rest turned out fine. after i made the dough i used pastry cutters for the shapes, and added some textures using a fork, a pin and the rounded end of a paint brush. then i put the shapes in the oven, BUT MAKE SHORE THE OVEN IS AT THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE or else it will crack the dough, i made that mistake with the wall tile. when the shapes were cooked hard. i left them to go cold. then i painted them with acrylic paints. the next day i put the first coat of varnish on them, leaving the front side to dry first before turning them over and varnishing the back. i varnished them three times on each side. when all the varnishing was done and dry. i finished them by threading some ribbon trough the holes, to hang them up with. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. DON'T FORGET TO MAKE HOLES IN THE DOUGH BEFORE COOKING TO HANG THEM UP WITH.
Here is the salt dough recipe:-
230 g/8 oz/2 cups plain flour
200 g/7 oz/1 cup salt
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup water
Oven temp 120 oC/250 0F/gas 1/2 cook until the dough is completely hardened all over. mix together the flour,salt and half the water in a mixing bowl.
knead the dough well, gradually adding more water until the dough has a smooth, firm consistency. if it's too dry add a tiny amount of water. if it's too sticky add a little more
flour. roll the dough out with a rolling pin , but don't roll it out too thin. then make the shapes you wont. then put in oven to bake, until the shapes are hard all over. when cold paint them with acrylic paints. when paint is dry varnish both sides with POLYURETHANE MATT VARNISH. I USED CLEAR GLOSS POLYURETHANE VARNISH. leave to dry. here are the pics above of the one's i made. have fun!! shen xx