Thursday, September 15, 2011

Salt Monsters

Most of the time we are looking for crafts that we can do for little to no extra money. And in this economy who has extra money? This recipe has been used time and again by parents over the yrs. The simplest thing to make are Ghosts but anything can be made out of this dough for any Holiday. And if your children are like my 9 yr. old they truly love to create and clay or dough is one of the best things you can hand them , letting them express themselves in so many ways.

** This is not meant to be eaten , it won't hurt you or your child if they do but it won't taste very good **


1 c. salt
2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. water

Preheat oven to 250 f. Mix all ingredients until dough is formed , knead dough ( if to sticky add a little flour being very careful not to add to much or it will dry out the dough , causing cracking before baking).
Place on cookie sheet and Bake for 2 - 2 1/2 hrs , checking the bottoms for wet spots. If still wet add an additional 20 mins. to bake time.
Allow to cool fully aprox. 4 hrs. or overnight. Once cooled completely paint and decorate , this can be done with tons of items you already have in your home. These little guys can be sealed with an acrylic sealer. We use my sealer for my polymer clay but they are fine and just as nice if you decide to not seal them. Or you could even use white glue as a sealer , they will appear white and cloudy but once dry they will be clear and shiny.

**Here's a useful tip for crafter's looking for something more. Make smaller ghosties and turn them into earrings. Be sure to seal them and to make a hole in the top before baking to place your eye pin.**

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