To make these beautiful little ornaments you need a great recipe. My 3 ingredient simple salt dough recipe is easy to make and takes only 5 minutes to prepare.
I love this activity as it teaches my children about textures and shapes in nature. Children can get involved in making the dough as well as printing and painting. Even though the dough is simple to make it takes time to allow it to set ready to paint. I prefer baking it at a low temperature as it is quicker.
Plain Flour (To put on to your hands when rolling out the dough)
Various Natural Products (Leafs, Sticks, Conkers, Acorns etc. all cleaned and dry)
Using your hands roll the dough into various shapes. I used mainly a golf ball sized piece of dough. Once shaped, Lay them on to a board and press down lightly so they are slightly flat.
Place each natural product onto each salt dough ball and press down. Be careful not to press too hard as this would mean losing the texture of the leaf or flower etc.
I used a kebab skewer to help press down the fern leaves gently. This really helped to create a wonderful fern print as you can see above.
Once you have removed all of the natural products, place the pressed dough onto a lined baking tray. Place into a pre-heated oven at 125C and bake for around 2-3 hours or leave to air dry. Once dried and set you can then paint them.