Little Miss M. was supposed to be a mermaid for Halloween. She had the most adorable turquoise sequined costume and I had a long blonde wing that I was going to get her to wear. I saw this idea on pinterest to make realistic looking dried starfish using salt dough so I decided to make some as a necklace for her. It called for rolling out pieces and sticking them together to form a star, but I thought of a decent shortcut. I had a star cookie cutter that I used instead. Then I pushed in the points to round them out a little, pinched the base of each arm and then flattened the whole star to make it look more organic. For detail, I used the end of a paintbrush to make the design. As you can see, these aren’t very durable. My daughter was playing with them for a few minutes and broke the ends off a few of them. That being said, I think it looks pretty good! And guess what – after all that effort, on Halloween night she refused to wear the costume! She wanted to wear her pink fairy dress instead. lol
Salt Dough Clay
1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of flour
Add the 1/2 cup of salt and 1 cup of flour to a bowl stir in the water adding it slowly – you may not need all of the water. You want the dough to be dry – if it gets sticky add more flour. Knead the dough and then roll out and use as you want. (about 1cm or 1/4″ thick)
Once you have made the shapes you want then you need to dry them so you can paint. Traditionally salt dough is dried in the oven which takes about 3 hours at a 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
Note: I accidentally baked mine overnight and they were fine. They were a little crinkly on the bottom but they didn’t burn.