While we are stuck at home with the kiddos out of school, crafts have been our lifeline. We have made cereal art, pasta necklaces, tried various painting methods and have made dough in every variety imaginable. It's so nice when we come across a craft that uses simple ingredients and tools that we have on hand, and there is none that fits that description more than salt dough! Salt dough could not be easier and is made using salt, flour and warm water. Plus, it can be played with for days like Play-Doh or it can be baked to make ornaments, toys or anything you can imagine! With Easter on its way, we decided to cut ours into Easter eggs that we turned into an Easter garland. Here is how to make your own:
Supplies Needed to Make a Salt Dough Easter Garland
1 cup salt
4 cups flour
1.5 cups warm water
Egg cookie cutter
Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint
How to Make a Salt Dough Easter Garland
Step 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, stir to combine salt and flour. Add warm water gradually, mixing with a wooden spoon until dough is mostly combined and then using hands to mix dough fully and form into a ball.
Step 2. On a flat surface, roll out dough with a rolling pin until is 1/4″ thick.
Step 3. Cut dough into an egg shape using a cookie cutter and make a small hole in the top of the egg, using a straw.
Step 4. Make beads by rolling remaining dough into 1″ balls. Press a straw through the balls to make a hole.
Step 5. Place eggs and beads on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour or until hard. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Step 6. Paint eggs in desired pattern. Let dry completely.
Step 7. Create the garland by putting string through the holes. You can also string them individually to make Easter egg ornaments!
That's it! It's such a fun way to get creative with kids, and make a project that is easy and festive! Feel free to get creative if you don't have an egg shaped cookie cutter and let your kiddos bake and paint any shape they want!
Are you doing any Easter crafts? We'd love to hear your ideas!
And for more Easter inspo, check out these PLG blog posts: