Salt Dough Rainbow Craft
The other day Lou whispered in my ear at bedtime, “You’re my best friend in the whole wide world”. It basically melted my heart a million times over. I know it’s just a short time before she’ll make best friends her own age, but for now I’m going to soak it all in and enjoy it while it lasts.
It’s crazy how one simple sentence from a child can make you melt and connect with you so deeply. I love these moments. They come between a lot of grumpy moments, tantrums, crying, laughter and other emotions. But when they sneak in, they’re like magic in motherhood.
On another note, today I’m sharing a simple craft I made with Lou the other day, a salt dough rainbow craft. I wanted to make this craft because I have fond memories of my mom making things from salt dough as a child. We were just reminiscing about it over the phone the other day (she lives in a different city) - I remember she made a clown for my brother’s room. There were salt dough mice on the wall in the kitchen. And in my room there was a doll with a pink dress. So in some way, salt dough brings me warm fuzzies of my own childhood.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE SALT DOUGH RAINBOW:
To make the salt dough rainbow craft, you only need a few simple things.
All purpose flour
20 gauge craft wire
DIRECTIONS FOR HOW TO MAKE THE SALT DOUGH RAINBOW:
Each color of the rainbow will need to be made separately with a different batch of dough. I tried making one big batch of uncolored dough and then mixing paint and food coloring into it save time, but this ended up in a streaky mess. The color never blended evenly.
So here are the instructions that worked well for me:
To make each color, mix 1/4 cup flour with 1.5 Tbsp salt.
In a small bowl, add 1 or 1.5 Tbsp lukewarm water and a big squirt of paint and stir with a spoon.
Add the paint mixture into the salt/flour mixture. Mix with a spoon and then knead together with your hands until it comes together. If it’s too sticky, just add a little more flour.
Repeat this process for all the desired colors.
I ended up making 6 batches with Lou helping. Together, we made blue, pink, orange, purple, green and yellow.
Now, roll out each color into a long piece and bend into the shape of a rainbow. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 210 degrees.
Add each piece together to assemble the rainbow, pressing lightly with your fingers to make them stick.
Use a butter knife to trim the bottom edges. Smooth them out lightly with your fingers.
Now, make a small hanger using 20 gauge jewelry wire. Bend it over and then twist it with jewelry pliers. Press into the salt dough.
Bake on low at 210 degrees for 1.5-2 hours, or until dough hardens and isn’t too spongy to the touch. Let cool completely.
Once it’s fully cooled, you can seal the rainbow with a thin layer of mod podge. Let that dry.
Now it’s ready to hang! This is a great craft for kids to make as a gift! Or they can hang it in their room.
Enjoy and happy creating!