or ahead of schedule? You tell me. We finally made salt dough ornaments! Since our tree is down (just yesterday) we'll have to wait for next year I guess. Here's a recipe for the dough from Delighted Momma. I don't remember where I found the recipe I used, but I'd heed the warning to add a little water at a time. I added all of it, and it resulted in my having to add tons more flour and salt to make it the right consistency. I *may* have had a small tantrum in the process too, so go easy on the water.
Charley kind of enjoyed cutting out the shapes, but then once the ornaments were baked he was convinced they were cookies. Once he believed me that we couldn't eat them (have you ever bitten a baked salt dough ornament? It'll break your tooth, I tell you) he enjoyed painting them.
Charley used to be a reticent painter, but now he dives right in. This time he painted the bejezus out of that snowflake. Can you see the height of that paint? Gravity-defying.
The next thing I want to do is make a salt dough garland. Over on The Long Thread there's a great idea for salt dough hearts. We'll probably make those and string them around. Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! has a fun salt dough heart button garland too. I thought of it earlier than February 13th, too, so that's a bonus!
Our painting usually turns into this. See the tiny spots of paints on the ornaments? Oh wait, were you distracted by the awesome smears of paint on the table? I can see how that might happen. I don't care if he paints the table, especially if it gets out a little indoor spring feveresque energy.
p.s. Here's a recipe for salt dough on Rainy Day Mum where you zap it in the microwave to "bake" it. Feel free to try it and let me know if it works!