I am all about Valentine’s Decor but have been working more towards low waste decor in this regard. I have started to incorporate a bit more as Liyana grows older and loves all things pink! However, I don’t love the waste that comes with decorating seasonally with extra garbage. This is an aspect I am trying to work on for myself and reducing the waste or “new” stuff I purchase when decorating for any season – Ramadan, Eid, etc. Last year, I was part of a Low Waste Eid Gift blog series and I wanted to incorporate some of the same principles here.
So this past weekend we got to some good old salt dough ornament fun and created a cute garland for our mantel and also her room. The salt dough recipe is identical to the one I have here – the only thing we did differently was to add some red food colour to give the dough a pink hue! Such an easy and literally FREE decor idea which is also great for the environment since you can make them with what you have at home and easily compost the ornaments after!
How is this Valentine’s Day Decor Low Waste?
Well, for one – I had all the ingredients in our pantry and even reused the pearl strand from a DIY a few years ago. I think it turned out pretty cute, and Liyana had a blast making these! Below is the full recipe for your convenience! Thats very low waste in my opinion!
How do you make this low waste Valentine’s garland?
Simple – simply make the ornaments as per recipe below and then string through twine or even a pearl string for an elegant look!
I tied each ornament onto the pearl string because the hole i created wasn’t’ wide enough for the pearls to go through. You can also hang them individually on your mantle, window or even attach them to a wreath! My friend Christina at The DIY Mommy made a beautiful version like these with air dry clay and used it as little napkin rings. She’s a talented one to follow!
Low Waste Valentine’s Day Decor with a Salt Dough Heart GarlandCourse: Uncategorized
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water + red food colour mixed in
heart shaped cookie cutters
metal straw or something to make holes with
- Preheat oven to 300 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Mix salt and flour in a bowl and then slowly add in warm water + food colour while mixing using the dough attachment on your stand mixer. If doing by hand, prepare for some sticky hands. Use extra water, slowly adding more mixing/kneading, and then adding more as needed.
- Once the dough comes together, the salt should be well incorporated.
- Roll onto a lightly floured surface and cut into hearts or any shape of choice.
- 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 string together for a garland!
How cute right?! Make sure to tag me on Instagram @mintcandydesigns if you make this!
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