I always seem to see salt-dough crafts around the Christmas holidays, and I had this big idea to make an ornament with the baby in December. But I never got around to it because I was…busy?
Anyway, I was looking for an easy craft we could do for Valentine’s Day that wouldn’t involve buying more supplies since we are leaving Japan in about 6 weeks. These ornaments were the ticket since all I needed was salt, flour and a little oil to keep the dough from sticking to the “rolling-pin.”
Also, this is the baby in her apron. It was a gift from her father, picked out at a baby boutique in Tokyo for much too much money during a weekend away for games. It is utterly adorable but don’t worry, we’ve already had the talk: if we ever have a son, he’ll be apron-ed for cooking and crafting as well.
Stirring, stirring. I used this simple recipe.
Note: the dough is non-toxic, naturally, but does not taste good.
We don’t own a rolling-pin, but empty wine bottles are plentiful in this house. You may be interested to know that 7-11 has their own brand of wine…and yes it is delicious.
We rolled out the dough, I used a butter knife to make a heart-ish shape and a drinking straw to poke the hole for hanging. We pressed some little handprints in the dough and then popped it in the toaster oven. A real oven would have been much more helpful, but we’re winging it.
Once the dough dried, I used pink nail polish to fill in the imprints. It had a certain charm in it’s natural form as well, but I loved the glossy contrast of the polish in the rough dough.
Happy Valentine’s Day, to you!