One of my favourite things about this time of year – apart from the food of course – is the excuse to decorate and indulge in some seasonal crafting. One make that fills me with nostalgia is salt dough. The dough is made from simple household ingredients and is so simple to make yet looks very effective. To make it, you need one part table salt to one part water to two parts plain flour. I used 60g salt, 60g water and 120g flour to make my dough.
Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until the mixture comes together as a dough. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead a little until smooth.
Roll the dough out until 3mm thick or so and stamped out a variety of star shapes. Re-roll and stamp again. Pre-heat the oven to the lowest setting at this point.
Once you’ve stamped out all the shapes, use a cocktail stick or similar to poke a hole in the top so you can thread them together.
Spread out evenly on a baking sheet and bake in the low oven for three hours, or until the solid. Leave to cool completely then line up in the desired pattern: I alternated different sizes of star and measured a piece of sparkly twine alongside for the spacing. You will need a little more than you think to accommodate the knots.
Thread the twine through each hole, stopping to tie above as you go. Make a loop at each end to hang your garland. Hang, then step back and admire your handiwork!
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