I was long overdue to come up with a fun craft to do with my daughter. And this one turned out to be SO much fun for both of us. Honestly, I loved it too. Highly recommend. We started with something super simple – salt dough – and turned it into one of Mara’s favorite things to craft: jewelry. By cutting shapes out of the salt dough, and poking a hole in the top of the shape, we could hang the “pendant” on a necklace for my little fashionista to wear.
This is a craft that takes a few steps, so you’ll want to tackle it in stages. We made the salt dough and baked the shapes in the afternoon, and then revisited the pendants in the evening to paint and decorate them.
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
3/4 cup warm water
Paint (any kind … we used acrylic … with younger kids, you would want to use the easily washable children’s paint)
Rhinestones, beads, whatever you have to decorate
Ribbon and/or other string suitable for making a necklace
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Knead the dough and roll it out to 1/2 inch or so thickness.
Use cookie cutters of your choice to cut out shapes. We used hearts, stars, and the number “5”.
Using a straw, poke a hole where you will feed the necklace through.
Put shapes on parchment paper -lined cookie sheet. Bake for about an hour.
Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. (We waited a few hours, until baby boy went to bed).
Set out your paints and other materials.
First, paint the pendants. We used a lot of metallic colors.
We used these cute little stamps to personalize one of the hearts for Mara.
And added rhinestones to the star to fancy it up a bit.
When your pendants have dried, string onto ribbon or necklace cord. I think this is a craft we’ll be repeating – the possibilities are endless!