Salt Dough Napkin Rings

About this time every year, my girls like to make salt dough. It's cold outside and the holidays put us all in the mood to craft. Last year, we used our salt dough to make Christmas ornaments (you can read more about that here). This time, I spied a cute "Salt Dough Leaf Napkin Holder" tutorial over on Imperial Sugar's website and the idea stuck.

This salt dough recipe is a bit different than the one we used last year. It reminded me a bit of making playdough. Here is the recipe via the Imperial Sugar website.  

  • 2 cups salt
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Tin foil covered baking sheet
  • Red, yellow and orange food coloring
  • Leaf shaped cookie cutter
  • Straw 
  • Ribbon, twine and/or tulle
  • Paint Pen

  1. Stir salt into 1/2 cup of water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until hot.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. In a bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarch until smooth.
  5. Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture.
  6. Return the saucepan to the stove and cook, stirring constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens into the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes.
  7. Turn mixture out onto a glass plate and cover with a damp towel.
  8. Allow to cool, then divide dough into 3 equal parts. Add red food coloring to one, yellow to the second and orange (often a combination of red and yellow) to the third batch.
  9. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or with your hands.  Use the leaf cookie cutter to cut out multiple shapes. Make a hole at the top of each leaf with a straw.
  10. Bake the leaves on a tin foil lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours until completely hard.
  11. Let cool, then add details with a paint pen. 
  12. Attach to cloth napkins with ribbon, twine, or tulle.
For more fun activites to try with your kiddos during the holiday break check out the Thanksgiving page on the Imperial Sugar website. There you can find recipes for all courses- appetizers, main dish, side dishes, candy, breakfast for company etc. Plus lots of crafts for kids, edible crafts, free printables and activity sheets.  Happy crafting!

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