July 05, 2012

Stepping Stone Project

Salt Dough Recipe


1 cup salt
1 cup plain flour
Up to half a cup of water


Mix together into a large bowl and knead it until smooth and stretchy. This last part is important otherwise the dough remains sticky and quite granular from the salt. If it is still too sticky add a bit more flour, if too dry and crumbly then add a tiny touch more water. A little bit of trial and error is all that is needed and it really is so easy.

Once the dough was kneaded I divided it into equal parts and found a shallow pan(the lid from a metal heart container) that was big enough to allow them to create whatever they want to. (maybe hand prints, or drawings)
Squished one part into the bowl and flattened it around to the edges.

Tease it away from the edges slightly and flipped it out onto a plate. The underside was very smooth perfect as a canvas!
Push their hand firmly into the dough.

Bake the plaques for 3 hours at  200F. It needs to be on a very low heat for a length of time to thoroughly dry out and harden. If you want to hang yours on the wall then you need to add a hole with a straw before it goes in the oven.

The next day you can paint using acrylic paints and leave them to dry for a couple of hours.

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