Good morning friends! I wanted to get this posted yesterday, but I just ran out of steam! So here is my first attempt at making fall/halloween salt dough ornies. I had a blast doing these and learned a few things in the process as well.
The recipe I used is:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
I mixed all this together to form my dough, then floured my counter top and used a rolling pin to roll out the dough. I used cookie cutters to cut out my shapes. I made leaves, moons, stars, cats, bats, pumpkins, sunflowers, and some tiny candy corn that I just shaped with my fingers since I didn't have a cutter for that shape.
Here's my ornies all cut out and ready to bake:
I baked them at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes. The recipe called for baking up to an hour, but my ancient oven bakes everything fast so I kept a close eye on them and 45 minutes did it for me. After they came out of the oven, I let them cool for a bit and then I painted the ornies. After they dried, I diluted some brown craft paint with water and brushed it on then immediately wiped most of it off with a paper towel. This gave my ornies an aged look. Then I found some tea light candles at the dollor store in a maple sugar fragrance. I melted these down in a bowl on a tart warmer and dipped my ornies in them. I gently shook off the excess wax and laid them back on my foil lined pan to set up.
These were so much fun to do and I will be making some more. One of the things I learned was that you should paint both sides of the ornies. I only painted one side of my ornies thinking no one would see the back. Duh! If I wanted to give them as gifts, of course they are going to see the back. So the next batch will definitely be painted on both sides. I also need to perfect my waxing technique a bit. Some of my ornies were a bit clumpy after the wax dried on them so I'm not sure why that happened. I also need to be more consistent with the width of my dough when I roll it out for cutting. Some of my ornies were thicker in places and thinner in others. But other than that, it was easy and a whole lot of fun.
Here's some of my ornies I have displayed:
Until next time. . .