Well hello, February! Delayed, I know… I have had a few ideas for posts and have had a hard time nurturing just one idea -or- been doing mom stuff. So with yesterday being Valentine’s day we got busy this week.
February is a little hectic around here. There is Valentine’s day, my birthday, little Peach’s birthday and my mother-in-law’s as well. Lots of birthdays, throw in three close friends who have birthdays too. We don’t usually do anything too big for Valentine’s day, maybe a good homemade dinner or take out. With the mini approaching two and so interested in everything, we did a fun holiday inspired craft.
After spending some time perusing Pinterest I decided on some salt dough magnets. Hearts are incorporated, because DEFINITELY necessary- for real dough. I found a simple recipe at Red Ted Art and cut it in half since I knew we wouldn’t need them as thick or too many. I also added some red glitter for extra fun and it did not end up everywhere so that is a WIN! I have had heart shaped cookie cutters for at least 8 years, if not longer, so we used those to make these meet our heart requirement. Little miss was happy to lend a hand in the mixing and cutting.
We ended up with six hearts, could have gotten at least two to three more from the dough. They baked at 215° fahrenheit for 3 hours then I shut the oven off and took them out after running a couple errands. They were firm and cool at this point. And just in case you’re wondering they do not shrink or puff up, they stay the same. I had to phone a friend on this one, because I wanted to be prepared and didn’t see any detail about it from the original recipe. Now we can paint these anyway we’d like, sign/date/title them and add our magnets to make them fridge worthy.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water add gradually as you may need more or less to get the right consistency
- cookie cutters
- paint of markers for decorating
Mix dry ingredients together. Then add water starting with 1/4 cup, then add more gradually. You likely will need a little extra water, but be careful not to make they dough too sticky.
Roll dough into 1-2 mm thickness. If you make it too thin it will be more fragile. Cut the hearts out, or whichever shape you choose, rework and roll out dough to use up however much you need until you finish.
Bake at 215°F for 3-4 hours. I let mine cool in the over, but you can remove and allow to cool on the counter as well.
Finish off however you like, decorate with marker or paint and seal will some Mod Podge.
Adapted from: Red Ted Art
What I love about this is you can let your imagination run wild, there are sooo many options. You could cut a smaller heart out in the middle as an easy change up from this. Obviously there are tons of cookie cutter designs out there, and then painting them is another level or custimization. The mini had a blast helping paint these, it did get a little messy though, as to be expected.
You can add a stamped design before baking and then color it in to showcase the different levels of dough. It was easy and fun plus not too much of a mess (aside from painting with a toddler of course). If you check out Maggie at Red Ted Art you’ll also find some ideas of how to use salt dough and many other great ideas!
Please share how yours turn out or any ideas you may have so others can enjoy as well. Let’s stick together mamas, this way we might keep our sanity while raising these little ones!