Okay, it is day 7 of the self-isolation in the time of COVID-19 for us – we started last weekend… and we have been trying to stay busy every day! I shared in my last post some activities we could do with kids that are free resources to help you. Today, I am sharing a quick decor DIY that is kid-friendly, can entertain them for over an hour (HALLELLUJAH!) and can be adapted for any occasion, season, or festival.
Given that Ramadan is around the corner, and that this Ramadan may be unlike any we have seen before with COVID-19, I thought to myself that this is the perfect opportunity to get Liyana busy to do some Ramadan Crafts and get into the spirit for Ramadan.
So today, we are making Salt Dough Ornaments that are perfectly themed for Ramadan using cookie cutters that are available on Amazon (no need to leave the house if you want to make these!).I will tell you that I did not invent this craft – it is available widely on Pinterest. I was inspired by two folks who I would like to mention here. Erin at Cotton Stem and Sammy at The Cozy Home Chronicles have versions of these that are beautiful and I actually ended up combining their recipes! Scroll to the bottom to see the full recipe.
The best part about this is that you can do this with multiple kiddos and keep them busy painting and decorating! Of course right now, with COVID-19 this is not possible for me since I only have one child… but if you have multiples, this will be an awesome activity!
Another thing that was awesome – we painted these the first day on a playdate with friends. Then today, we painted the other side for a quick craft activity! So multiple days of fun can be had with these ornaments.
We used these to decorate our mantel and Liyana had a blast figuring out how to put them up. Turns out she is quite particular about the pattern she likes them in.
Easy Salt Dough Ornaments to Make With your Kids
Easy salt dough ornaments to bring your festivities up a notch!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
Acryclic paints of choice or any paint you have at home and glitter if you want to be daring
Cookie Cutters – we are using Ramadan themed ones to start our Ramadan Decor since we are already stuck at home, might as well be productive right 😉
Parchment Paper or Silicone Mats to line trays
Stainless Steel Straw or something to make holes in the ornaments
- Preheat oven to 300F
- Mix warm water into flour and salt mixture to form a dough. Knead in a stand mixer until salt and flour completely combined – about 5 minutes. If kneeding by hand, then keep going until you see that all the salt and flour are combined and a smooth dough is made.
- Roll out dough about 1/4-1/2 inch thick and cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters. You have to work fast because the dough dries out quickly. If you notice it is drying out faster than you would like, dampen it with some warm water.
- Use your straw to punch a hole near the top of the shape for the string.
- Place shapes on a baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes at 300 F
- Let them cool down completely and then get busy painting!
- This makes approximately 20-30 salt dough ornaments depending on the size of the cookie cutter. We doubled the batch while baking with friends.
Hope you liked this quick craft! You can simply print out the recipe if you find that easier or I would love if you could Pin this post for later. If you make these, make sure you tag me on Instagram and share your creations with me!