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Monday, 19 November 2012

A crafty Christmas post

This morning I snipped some greenery from a bush in our garden and popped it in a vase, wanting to create something slightly Christmas feeling to go on our table. 

It looked nice - but it was...lacking something. 


So we decided to do some crafting. One quick google search later I had the information required to make salt dough (half a cup of salt, half a cup of water, one cup of plain flour) and the wonderous information that three minutes in a microwave would harden our creations the way that three days sitting on a surface used to be neccessary to achieve. 

We made some dough, rolled it out and cut some stars and some hearts. 

After three minutes in the microwave the shapes were ready to be decorated - which is just about perfect for the attention span of my preschooler! 


I realised after we'd started that I had no paint in the house - but I DO have a huge collection of nail varnishes, which is perfect for this kind of job - as long as you sit in a well ventilated area and don't mind spending a while picking it off your finger tips later. 

A little time, a needle and thread and lots of fun later this is what we achieved - far more Christmassy, wouldn't you say?




8 comments:

  1. Oh pretty! I used to make salt dough when mine were little, we used to dry it out in the oven. Who knew it was so quick in the microwave!
    They're lovely, you could make some christmas trees and father Christmases too :)

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    1. I'm going to be doing a LOT of these (and that spoiled the surprise for any family reading and wondering what they're getting for Christmas!)

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  2. That's lovely - think I might give it a go myself!

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    1. It's really simple - I'm going to try and get more experimental with mine now!

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  3. Ahhhh I did'nt know you can put them in the microwave! Seem to take ages in the oven.
    These are really pretty, and I wouldn't have thought of nail varnish. Great tip!

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  4. We tried them in the microwave and they got huge bubbles and burst all over them :( SO we stick to the oven drying method. Me and my eldest (3yrs) have just finished painting some for our christmas tree and I am going to varnish them tomorrow... but I bet using Nail varnish does the painting and sealing with clear varnish in one swoop..Brilliant Idea!

    And I am your newest follower after following you from a comment on my blog xx

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    1. A couple on the edge bubbled with the first lot so the next time I did them a minute at a time then moved them around on the plate - that seemed to stop it completely!

      Nail varnish is perfect because it's two for one, but do it in a well aired room or you get a POUNDING headache

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