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Salt Dough Candle Holder - The Crafty Librarian

This candle holder was made as an idea starter for my Crafty Kids. It was made from salt dough and dried in the oven to speed the process of drying - I needed to paint it!

Salt Dough
Tempera Paint

Recipe for Salt Dough:
2 cups table salt
4 cups flour
water. Start with 1 cup and adjust to make a kneadable dough.
Food color is optional. It takes a lot.

Mix the ingredients in a large bowl until it makes a firm ball that holds together. Then take it from the bowl and knead it for 5-10 minutes. You want to activate the gluten in the flour. There should be a slightly rough texture to the surface of the dough ball, as if bubbles had broken.

Let the children make whatever they want to make from the dough. Some of them will not think to make something 3 dimensional. Try to encourage that so that they actually have a sculpture to take home.

Salt dough will air dry, but it can be encouraged by putting it in a 200 degree oven for about 3 hours. If it is light sounding when you thunk it, it is done. If it sounds heavy, it needs more time.

Use either tempera or acrylic paint on your salt dough creation.

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