How to make salt dough brooches and ornaments
I added a new section on my gallery few days ago. It’s – BROOCHES! Yes, I’m making unique handmade brooches, but I bet you have a question – how I’m making them and how does the process looks like? If you’re ready to get some knowledge about special but very simple salt dough technique which you can use yourself or with children, for making some funny sculptures, ornaments, home decorations or jewelry things (like my brooches).
I read about salt dough ornaments in some blog post last year, saw lots of funny things made from it and instantly decided to try it and create some Christmas ornaments. I really love them and got many compliments from others. How do you like them?
After Christmas, when all decorations were put in the boxes for the next year, I missed my decorations and wanted to create something new. I love to wear brooches and always looking for unique (handmade) jewelry, so I decided to create brooches from the same salt dough as Christmas decorations. It’s really simple, organic and eco-friendly so I really recommend to try this recipe with your kids (when you’ll try it, I would be happy if you’ll share some pictures with me). I’m sure they will be very excited to craft some ornaments to give as gifts for family or friends. You can also make some original eco-friendly toys from it!
This easy salt dough recipe is perfect for making ornaments, figures, gift tags or brooches like mine! :) All you need for this super dough – you’ll find in your kitchen: flour, salt and water. Sounds easy, isn't it? I thought the same when I read it for the first time. But it’s worth to try, believe me. Let’s do it!
What you will need for classic salt dough
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of warm water
- Mix all the ingredients together until a dough forms.
- Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, adding additional flour if needed, until a soft, smooth dough forms.
- Now you can roll out dough with a rolling pin and then use cookie cutters to make whatever shape ornaments you want or form them by your hands.
- If you’re making ornaments or gift cards, use a straw to poke a hole in the top so you can hang them with a string or hook.
- Bake at 180 degrees until your creation is dry (about 40 minutes). The amount of time needed to bake your creations depends on size and thickness; thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker creations can take about 2 hours or more.
- Once completely dry, finished salt dough creations can be painted with acrylic craft paints and sealed with a craft sealant. I painted mine brooches with a layer of acrylic paints and covered with clear varnish for protection.
If you made too much dough – not a problem, just wrap unused dough in plastic wrap to keep it fresh and put it in the fridge. Use unused dough within a few days.
There are some photos how my brooches creation process looks like. Enjoy!
All brooches are already cooked!
Preparing for painting…
Painting, painting, painting… It takes a lot of time to paint brooches from both sides.
After painting I need to cover them with clear varnish for protection.
And the last step is to glue a pin on each brooch.
Now all brooches are ready to be wear… Which one do you like most?
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will try to create some gifts for friends or ornaments for home.
As always - don’t forget to check my new paintings. Some are still in a progress. Will share with you later.