Englishy Christmas Crafts – Salt Dough Decorations

I have been wracking my brains trying to think of a cool Christmas craft that you can do with your kids that is fun AND teaches a bit of spelling.

Enter Salt Dough Decorations!

Basically it involves thinking of Christmasey words (like ‘Joy’, ‘Noel’, ‘Love’) and stamping or writing them into Salt Dough Ornaments (prior to baking). By using a little paint and skill, your kids (and you) can practice spelling and writing while coming up with some awesome homemade Christmas ornaments!

Personally, I ADORE this family tree (the lights have been made by each family member pressing their thumbprint into the dough) with the surname and date written into the dough as a forever reminder of early family Christmases.

Salt Dough Recipe (adapted from Taste.com)

1 1/2 Cup Plain Flour
1/2 Cup Table Salt
2/3 Cup Chilled Water
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

Preheat oven to 120°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in oil. Gradually add water, stirring mixture with a wooden spoon until combined. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead to make a smooth ball.

Roll dough out between 2 sheets baking paper until 7mm thick. Use Christmas-shaped cutters and/or letters to cut out decorations. Use a chopstick or skewer to make a hole at the top of each decoration. Place decorations on trays. Roll remaining dough together and repeat.

Bake decorations for 2 1/2 hours or until firm and dry. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Use acrylic paints to decorate as desired, and, once dry, use ribbon or twine to thread through the pre-made hole and tie to your Christmas tree!

And Voilá – Christmas decorations AND an English lesson in one!