Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re only just starting to think about Christmas shopping. Here at Rhythm & Green, we believe that consumerism for the sake of it is… well… what’s the point? Every year I find myself buying random things that people don’t really want just for the sake of gifting them a Christmas present. This year I asked myself why. This year, more than ever, it’s important that we support small, local businesses. Here’s the mantra: SHOP SMALL, SHOP LOCAL, SHOP HANDMADE. That’s what we should be telling ourselves when we step out the door, or open out computers to get the Christmas shop done. But what if we take this one step further, and handmake our gifts ourselves? This year I have been INVESTING in homemade. It is our belief that nothing is better than homemade, and that applies to Christmas gifts too. As part of our handmade christmas series, we are sharing with you a simple recipe for salt dough ornaments, that you can make and gift to your loved ones this Christmas. What a special way to celebrate the holidays?! So without further ado, let’s spread some happiness with a simple snowman to hang on the tree.
DISCLAIMER: these snowmen are for DECORATIVE PURPOSES ONLY. Under no circumstances should the dough or the finished ornaments be consumed/eaten.
You will need:
- 300g plain flour
- 275g fine salt
- 250ml warm water
- snowmen cookie cutters
- Preheat your oven to 90˚C and line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Gradually add in the warm water, stirring everything together until it is well combined.
- On a clean and well-floured surface, roll out the dough until it is 1/4 cm thick. Using the cookie cutter, stamp out as many snowmen as will fit on the dough. Transfer the dough snowmen onto the baking trays. Once all the dough has been stamped out, or the trays have been filled, place the salt dough figures into the oven to bake for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour, remove them from the oven and stamp out little hoops at the top of the snowmen using the end of a chop stick (this is so they can be hung from the Christmas tree).
- Put the salt dough figures back into the oven and continue to bake for another 2 hours until they are completely dried out. Remove them from the oven and leave them to cool completely.
You can decorate your salt dough snowmen in anyway you like. I used watercolour paints and painted on black eyes and buttons, a carrot nose, and hats and scarves onto my snowmen, but you could also try giving your snowmen funny faces or writing personalized messages or names onto them to make the gift even more special. If you do decide to decorate your snowmen, you might want to finish them with a varnish. Once the snowmen are dry, thread loops of string or twine through the hoops at the top and tie them off.
Voila! The perfect little handmade christmas present to give to your friends and family this Christmas.
DO NOT EAT THESE. THEY ARE ORNAMENTAL ONLY!!!
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