I should start off by saying that 'craft' isn't a skill that runs freely within me. I run out of steam, get impatient and swear a lot! I know one shouldn't confess to that, but there, I have! Confession over!
So here is how Christmas goes in my house. My daughter starts asking me about Christmas in August. I can usually deflect this by asking her to start thinking about the decoration theme for the year. We change it every year. So this year, it will be, a tree with white, gold, red & green decorations and bows, lots and lots of bows!
I've wanted to try some salt dough decorations for ages.
For the salt dough you'll need:
125g table salt
500g plain flour
235ml warm water
Pre-set the oven to 140c and you will need 2 baking trays
Mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon and then knead the dough by hand. By the way, if you have eczema or cuts on you hands, use rubber gloves, this can irritate your skin, a lot!!
Keep kneading until the dough becomes silky smooth.
Flour your work top and cut the dough in half, then roll out to 2-3mm thick.
This amount of dough will make about 60 decorations, so amend the amounts for what you need. 60 was a surprise for me!
Pick your cutters
Cut out your shapes and using a straw, punch a hole for the ribbon.
On a baking tray, lay out your shapes on parchment paper and use the second tray on top, to weigh it down. Bake for 1.5 hours at the bottom of the oven. You don't want them brown, just bake and dry out.
Leave to cool over night.
The other thing about craft, it will look bad until it looks good! So head down and crack on! This is it looking bad.
I had decided to do white with gold, I bought gold paint but then I remembered I had some gold spray left over from spraying branches gold. So I tested that first. Off to the garage I go.
I told you it looks bad before it looks good!
Some are white, some are gold and some are gold and white...
Now off to find some ribbon!!
I've gone for some white paper ribbon for the gold decorations
Gold ribbon for the white decorations, this ribbon was very wide, which I sliced in 4 lengths to use.
I just love this white paper ribbon, so I'll go with that for the gold & white decorations. I have 60 to ribbon up, so the kettle is on and a good film and off I go!