Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Salt Dough Shamrocks & Pots O' Gold

We had a fun craft day at our house today....building up to all the St. Paddy's Day fun tomorrow. Nathan and I made some salt dough.
Then we rolled it out and used cookie cutters to make pots and shamrocks.

When we were done cutting them out. I used an awl to poke a hole through some of them, so that we can string them up for decoration. I also left some without holes, so that we can glue a magnet onto the back (for fridge magnets).
Nathan played with the rest of the dough, while I heated the cut outs in the oven to help them dry faster.
I put some green, black and yellow (acrylic) paint in an empty egg carton, got out three brushes and let Nicholas and Nathan paint them.

Nathan modeling his apron

Later (after I run to the craft store for string and magnets), we will hang them up and give some of the magnets away to friends. The boys had a blast and their art work turned out great. Can't wait to see the finished results.....

Salt Dough Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
3/4 cup water

You can also add food coloring to it for different colors, but since we were painting them, I opted not to add the coloring.

Mix together salt, flour and water in a large mixing bowl.  Knead in food coloring (optional).  Continue kneading until the mixture reaches a doughy consistency.  Use immediately or store in a airtight container.  If you want it to dry faster, place the shapes on a cookie tray and bake in a 350* oven for about 20 mins.  When they cool, you can start painting.


Unknown said...

Very cute idea! I love your festiveness!

Anonymous said...

They came out so well! Great project! Stoppin from SITS!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Great project! We'll be doing those next year for sure!

Popping by from SITS.

Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner?

Kyrstin said...

Great ideas! The cake looks delicious!

My Mercurial Nature said...

From Friday Follow (and will definitely be sticking around)! Thanks for all the awesome craft ideas...I have such a difficult time coming up with these things, but the kids love 'em.

Diane Schmidt said...

They look great! I love St.Patrick's day activities and this year did 17 days of fun stuff.