Salt Dough Easter Eggs? Yes! It is Spring! It is almost Easter time. There are so many great crafts that you can do at this time of year. My girls love dough and what you can make with them. This craft combined their love of dough, paint and glitter. We made so many we may run out of potential places to hang them.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Salt dough: 4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1.5 cups water
- Stick for poking hole
- Cookie sheets for baking
- Rolling pin
- Parchment paper
- Easter egg shaped cookie cutter, or make an egg shape on card stock and cut around with a knife
- String or ribbon
- Glitter or Glitter Glue
- White Glue (if not using glitter glue)
Because I didn’t have an egg shaped cookie cutter (well, I do believe that we have one but it is probably down the back yard somewhere in the mud piles, aka, the Pizza Kitchen) I made a template, which I cut out and then traced with a knife. Some of them were wonky, but the girls didn’t complain. They were ready to paint!
WHAT TO DO:
- Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl using a wooden spoon. When it becomes too stiff to stir, use clean hands to bring the dough together. (If the dough is too wet and sticky, knead in a little more flour, about 1 tablespoon at a time. If it’s too stiff, add a little more water, about 1 tablespoon at a time. It should be easy to work with.)
- Knead until the dough is smooth and soft, about 3-5 minutes.
- Divide the dough up into smaller portions and roll out to about ¼ – ½ inch thick between two sheets of parchment paper. This helps prevent sticking.
- Cut out with cookie cutters. Or if using a card stock piece, trace around the shape with a sharp knife.
- Transfer to a cookie sheet. Do not grease, but use parchment paper.
- Repeat rolling and cutting out shapes to use up the dough.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Use a skewer or small stick to make a hole to hang as an ornament.
- Bake for 90 minutes to 2 hours.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.
- Paint the eggs and add glitter as desired.
- Thread a piece of string or ribbon through to hang as an ornament.
We whitewashed the eggs before we started painting them. This gave a stronger background to paint on – because the beige of the salt dough isn’t the most exciting. We had a lot of fun painting them and seeing different ideas come into being. There are no mistakes – only art!
Here are some other fun Easter traditions.
Have fun with making your Salt Dough Easter Eggs!