Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Valentine Garland


Yesterday the girls and I did our first Valentine's Day project of the year. V-Day is only about two weeks away, so we decided it was time to get decorating. The girls had so much fun that I had to share the project with you. I must warn you however, that there is no controlling glitter once it's in the hands of children. It will be everywhere. Everywhere
We went with a trusty super simple salt dough recipe I found via my friend Delighted Momma. After mixing the dough together, the girls cut out their hearts. Just like sugar cookies, only without the sugar. 

Simple Salt Dough Recipe 

2 cups all purpose white flour
1 cup salt
3/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Stir flour and salt together in a medium bowl. Stir in water until mixture comes together, adding a little more water if it is still too crumbly. Knead until smooth.

Roll out and cut into shapes using cookie cutters and place on a cookie sheet. Use a small dowel (a small paintbrush works nicely) to poke holes where you would like to hang the shapes. I found 2 holes worked best for hearts so they would face forward rather than sideways. Bake 20 minutes, flipping once half-way through.

Allow shapes to cool and then paint and glitter them, draw on them with markers, etc.

For the garland:
Thread twine or ribbon through the holes in the ornaments and hang up!

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!!! I love this! I just did one with chubby felt hearts! So fun!!!

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  2. So pretty, Marina! I love this idea!

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  3. Marina - this is so cute. I'm totally going to do this with Ave.

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  4. This is wonderful!!! You have the greatest ideas, Marina!

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  5. Marina,
    What a cute idea. I love the simple twine stringing the hearts together.
    Great new header.
    Karen

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  6. This is such an adorable idea. I can totally see my flatmates and me decorating our flat with these garlands :)

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  7. Thank you for bringing back this centuries old craft! Safe for kids and our environment in general, yet fun material. About 7 years back I was at art exhibition, and the whole section was devoted to miniatures and sculptures, made of salt, flour and water. Gorgeous hearts! :)

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  8. Super cute! Ah, glitter . . . so pretty yet so EVERYWHERE! : )

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  9. Super cute idea! I wonder if I can get my boys to do this? I need valentines day just so I can get some pink into our house. Sally x

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  10. I love salt dough! I still have the salt dough heart necklaces my girls made for me in pre-school. I love the array of beautiful pinks, and the garland is perfect.

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  11. Sooo Pretty! Making it with the kiddies for sure!

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  12. Super cute Marina! What a fun Valentine's Day craft!

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  13. marina, this is so adorable! i am kicking myself for not seeing this yesterday! i went to hobby lobby and bought fabric, burlap, etc for my banner, when this is simply much more adorable. saving & pinning for next year :) or maybe i'll get some free time and make one as a gift!

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  14. adorable idea, I should decorate for more than Xmas...but I'm lazy!

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  15. This is a craft you can do with any age group, that is why I love it! Will be making this funtastic craft with my 'lil peanut of 13 yrs.
    Thanks for sharing and always beautifully done photos!
    Cortne

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  16. what a sweet idea - I bet Stella will love to do this, she can never have too much glitter

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  17. These are so cute Marina.
    And even I, Enemy To All Dough, could probably manage this recipe.
    (Your salt dough looks like my attempt at puff pastry)
    xxSP

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  18. Anonymous5:56 AM

    Thanks for the idea Marina! I made this this weekend and now the area above our buffet looks pretty and festive! My son painted a total of 2 out of the 40-odd hearts but that didn't stop me!

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