Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hobby Dough

My mother recently sent my daughter a 'Robin Hood' Hobby Dough book with a recipe for salt dough and instructions to make several different ornaments and gifts.  I actually remember this book and making these dough ornaments with my sister when I was younger!  We had lots of fun molding the dough and then baking it or air drying and painting our masterpieces.  Funny, some of the cheapest crafts provide the most memorable entertainment!

One of the best parts - mixing the dough with your hands!

Ready to bake

The finished product!

Recipe for salt dough:

2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 cup Salt
4 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 cup Water

Mix dry ingredients, add vegetable oil and stir in.  Add water a little at a time and stir until it holds together.  Knead 5-10 min's until dough feels smooth.

Store in airtight container or ziploc bag to prevent drying out leftovers.

You can air dry for 48 hours or until dough is hard and white in appearance or bake at 325 degrees or lower (if pieces are thinner than 1/4") on a cookie sheet, allowing 1/2 hour baking time per 1/4" of dough.

You can varnish or use acrylic sealer on both sides after painting to protect dough from absorbing moisture.

This post was shared with Tip Me Tuesday, Made for you Mondays, Get Your Craft on Tuesday, Too Cute Tuesday, and Tuesday Time Out.

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