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Salt Dough Recipe:
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Salt
1/2 cup water
We rolled out the dough (we made a green batch because the kids wanted green for their trees, although color won't show when done) and they got to decided what cookie cutters they wanted to use.
We used straws to poke holes in the trees and in the other shapes. They also had the option of using smaller cookie cutters to cut the center out like the ones we had seen on Homegrown Friends. When they had cut all the holes they wanted the kids added beads to the holes (make sure to leave one for ribbon to hang!) and we popped them in the oven for 1.5 hours on 200 degrees. After 1.5 hours I slowly turned the oven up 375 and kept a close eye on them so that the beads would melt. I cooked them slowly at first because they actually turned out a bit thicker than I generally like and I didn't want them to rise or puff up like I've had them do in the past if I cooked them to fast.
Out of the oven!
I had to pull one batch (the stars/heart batch) out before the beads melted completely because our beads were omitting a very heavy smell and it was unusually cold here so I couldn't leave all the windows open. Fully melted or not I liked how they turned out. The trees went in first so they got fully cooked but by the second batch the stinky smell was getting a bit overpowering so if you're doing just one batch its possible yours won't smell as bad.
After they cooled I let the girls who did stars/hearts choose to paint with acrylics or clear coat them with mod podge. For the trees they just painted over all the beads and then as soon as they were done I used a wet wipe to wipe off the paint, they are really easy to wipe off. The kids that chose a star with the beads in the center surprisingly didn't paint over the beads like I expected.
On the tree!
This is one of the mod podge ones! I didn't get to see either of them on a tree but they looked great in the sun!
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