Salt Dough Heart

I've always wanted to try out salt dough and thought Mother's Day was the perfect chance.

If you don't know what salt dough is, it is basically a modelling material, that you can make from common kitchen ingredients - make any shape or imprint, cook it, and then it's hard! You can then paint and display. Very simple to do.

If you have little ones, this is a great DIY craft to capture memories such as handprints and footprints!
1 cup of salt
2 cups of flour
3/4 cup room temperature water
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 200°F

Mix all of the ingredients together. It took a while before the ingredients really stuck together for me. I rolled the dough into a ball, and then used a rolling pin to roll the dough out flat.

Now, use a cookie cutter - or I used a toast stamp - to cut out and make the design you want.
 The toast stamp only leaves an imprint so I had to use a knife to cut out the design.
 I then used a skewer to make a hole for the string to hang through.
I put all of my creations on a piece of tin foil on a baking tray.
They took about 3 1/2 hours to bake fully.

I let them sit over night, and then I used a medium grit sandpaper to smooth the edges.
Be gentle or you could break them!
Next, I wanted to add a little personal touch to my salt dough heart.
I print and cut the below design, and glued on with a glue stick. 
I then painted over it with mod podge, to make sure it would not come off.

The original label is from here.

I added some string to hang the heart.
You can paint the salt dough, but I liked the natural look of it.

If you have any questions or comments, please write in the comment section, or email me.

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