We’re having some people over for New Year’s this year, and–though we’re planning on keep celebrations fairly quiet–I couldn’t miss a chance to make a few decorations. Today my fancy landed on a salt dough star garland, which I seem to have dreamt up on our drive home from Virginia. The garland came out so much better than I anticipated that I had to share it.
Salt dough has often been relegated to the realm of child’s play, but it can be updated for simple decorating on a more adult scale. It has the benefit of being cheap, and it’s a natural cream color that is wonderfully understated, and can also be altered with dyes, stamps, paints if desired. I even contemplated decorating my little stars with gold paint markers, but decided to keep them plain instead. Salt dough’s versatility is where it wins out when it comes to last minute decorating.
I made tiny stars using the recipe below and then tied them along a line of brown parcel twine. They were long enough to stretch across the room along with some string lights. They would work well for Christmas decorating too. In fact, this basic idea could be adapted for nearly any holiday.
Salt Dough Recipe
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup table salt
- 1/2 cup warm water
Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. If too stick, add more flour or refrigerate for about ten to fifteen minutes. When ready, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to desired thickness; I would recommend about 1/4 of an inch. If you roll too thinly the dough will stick and be too flimsy. Simply cut out desired shapes using cookie cutters, knives, scalpel, whatever you want. If you need holes through which to thread anything, be sure to poke these in and make them large enough for whatever materials you’re using. I used a chopstick. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven at 200 degrees for 4 hours (I know, it’s a long time, but everything else is so simple that you can simply pop these in in the morning and go about your day). They’re done! Do what you want!