- Combine the flour, table salt and water together to make the dough. If it is too sticky add a little more flour.
- Decide how many colors of salt dough you need and divide the dough up.
- Place the dough into separate non-food containers, put on plastic gloves to keep your hands clean and add the paint.
- Use your hands to mix the paint into the salt dough. Be sure the color is vibrant because it will fade. I suggest choosing a color two to three shades brighter than what you want.
- Shape the dough with your hands or use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Cookie cutters give a more uniform appearance to the finished ornaments.
- Use an unsharpened pencil to make a round hole in the top of the ornaments to allow them to be hung once they are dry.
- Place the shaped dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the cookie sheet in the oven and turn it over every 30 minutes.
- Check the dough once an hour to see if it is dry. Typically the dough is dry in two hours.
- Once the dough is dry place it on a wire rack to cool. It is ok to leave it on the wire rack for a couple of days if you wish.
- Seal the front and back of the ornaments with Modge Podge. I suggest two to three layers of Modge Podge per ornament. For those who want to add pieces of paper, fabric or glitter , place it on the first layer of Modge Podge while it is still wet, then add the additional two layers of Modge Podge per the instructions above.
- Once the Modge Podge is dry, put a string or ribbon through the hole in top of the ornaments.
- They are now ready to hang on your Valentines Day Tree.
Storage Tip: Wrap each salt dough ornament individually and place them – neatly stacked – in a plastic box such as a plastic shoe box . Use plenty of packaging material and do not put any other types of ornaments in the same box. These ornaments are breakable.