Can you believe that February begins next week and Valentine’s Day is three weeks away! I’m going to be sharing lots of Valentine inspiration the next couple of weeks…so be prepared for lots of love, hearts, pinks, and reds. This week I am joining a few Instagram friends on a Valentine blog hop! My friends and I are each sharing a Valentine inspired blog post. How fun, right?! I’ll be sharing links to their blog posts at the end of this blog, so I hope you will continue reading to check them out. Each one of these ladies inspire me daily on social media and through their blogs, so I know you will be inspired by them as well!
Salt dough ornaments was one of the things on my “to do” list this past Christmas, however with the craziness of the holidays and time slipping through my fingers, I just ran out of time. I didn’t want to wait a whole year until next Christmas to make them, so I thought I would make salt dough ornaments for Valentine’s day and add them into my Valentine’s décor. Instead of using these as ornaments, I decided to turn them into a Valentine’s garland. This garland is an easy and inexpensive way to add a little Valentine décor into your home. I would venture to guess you have all of the ingredients and supplies you need for this craft already in your home. Décor that doesn’t require a stop at the store or spending a ton of money, is a win in my book! These ornaments are completely customizable, would be fun for little ones to help with, and these ornaments will last for years (due to the fact they are made mostly with salt) which means you can store them and reuse them year after year. This was my first time making salt dough ornaments, so it was a bit of trial and error. My first batch of salt dough was too wet, my second batch was too dry, but my third batch came out perfect. I hope you will give this recipe a try to make your own Valentine garland, or maybe Christmas ornaments for next year!
Here are the ingredients/supplies you will need to make these simple and easy salt dough ornaments:
-2 cups all purpose flour
-1 cup table salt
-3/4 cup water
-spoon or spatula
-ribbon or twine
Combine the salt and flour. Slowly add in the water, mix as you pour. If dough is dry, add in small amounts of water, only about a teaspoon at time. (If you add to much, the dough will be too wet and you will not be able to cut out ornaments. Too little water and the dough will be crumbly and will not stick together.)
Once the dough starts to form, knead with hands. The more you knead the dough the smoother the dough will become.
Place your dough ball on clean, flat surface and roll out the dough to about a 1/4″ thickness. You can keep the dough as thick or as thin as you like. However, the baking time will change depending on the thickness of your ornaments.
Cut out your shapes with your cookie cutters. Once your shapes are cut, take the straw and make a hole at the top of each ornament so a ribbon or twine can be strung through.
Slowly peel the excess dough away from the cut out shapes and place the shapes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once your baking sheet is filled with ornaments, place into a 200 degree oven for 20 minutes. (Please do not judge my dirty oven! It needs to be cleaned desperately!) After 20 minutes, flip the ornaments and bake for another 10 minutes. Note: If your ornaments are not fully dried out, keep in the oven for 10-15 minute increments, checking occasionally, until the ornaments are completely dry. For no bake ornaments, simply leave your ornaments out in a warm, dry place for 3-7 days, and allow them to completely dry and harden.
Once your ornaments are dry and cooled, add your ribbon for hanging. I decided to make 2 garlands with my ornaments. One garland with the large and small heart shaped ornaments alternating, and the other with just the small heart ornaments. For the alternating garland, I spaced the ornaments about 2″ apart, and for the small heart garland I spaced the ornaments about 1″ apart. Leave enough ribbon on both ends of your garland to be able to hang your garland from a hook or pin.
I draped our salt dough Valentine garland on our accordion hanger as well as on the framed vintage Valentine print. I love the organic, whimsical touch these garlands add to our home. Your garland could be hung from a shelf, a mantle, on hooks in an entryway, or keep them as ornaments and hang from a Valentine tree!
Ideas to customize your salt dough ornaments:
-Add food coloring to your dough to change the natural color. Pink or red ornaments would be adorable for Valentine’s Day!
-Add glitter for sparkly ornaments.
-Add essential oils for fragrant ornaments.
-Paint your ornaments. Once your dough is cooled, use acrylic paints to add color or designs to your ornaments.
-Press a thumbprint or other shape into the dough before baking. How cute would a child’s handprint or fingerprint be!
-Use your salt dough ornaments as gift tags.
Now that I’ve got you in the Valentine spirit…check out these Valentine blogs from my friends for even more inspiration! Stacey from Green Valley Gable is sharing a love bird inspired front porch and entryway, Robyn at Robyn’s French Nest is sharing how to decorate with neutral colors for Valentine’s day, Brittany at White & Wood Grain is sharing how she refinished a secretary desk and styled for Valentine’s Day, Amanda at Girl About Columbus is sharing how to bring Valentine’s Day into your home, and Pam at Junk Tales is sharing the best vintage items to decorate with for Valentine’s Day.