Craft Recipes


Basic Salt Dough Recipe


1 cup of fine salt
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water (may add more)

In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour
Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water
Knead until smooth and shape into a ball
When not in use, wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container
HINT: To get a softer dough you can add more flour. Adding more salt will lend a more granulous affect. Use wallpaper glue and the dough with be more cohesive. To add color to your dough, use different types of flour or add food coloring or paint.
Knead to get an even color.
You may also paint your ornaments and sculptures after they dry. 

::: Cinnamon Salt Dough :::

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup cinnamon

1 1/2 cups water

Mix dry ingredients together and add water to form a pliable dough. Knead several times before rolling out. Cover tightly until ready to use. Dust work surface with cinnamon and roll to a 1/4"-3/4" thickness, depending on your preferences. Use cookie cutters or paper templates and remember to poke a hole or two in each ornament before baking. Bake at 300º for 45-60 minutes, watching carefully toward the end of the baking time. Allow to cool and harden completely before hanging. May be sealed with wax or poly if desired.


Here is my recipe!
3T Shortening
1/2 Cup  Sugar
1/2 Cup Molasses
1 Tsp Baking Soda
3/4 Cup Water
3 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Tsp each: ground cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg

Beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in molasses. Mix dry ingredients together. Stir them into sugar mixture and gradually add water. Dough will be very stiff! 
Refrigerate overnight.
Heat oven to 350. Cut dough into 3 pieces. Roll one piece at a time (between 2 pieces of wax paper) to a thickness of about 1/4" Cut out desired shapes and patterns. Bake for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool and harden for several hours or overnight.

Finished ornaments can be painted, sealed or dipped in melted wax. The possibilities are endless!


1 CUP peroxide
1 CUP vinegar
3 TBLS salt

Combine all ingredients in a throw away container or glass.  Add pins & bells and let set 1-2 days in mixture.  The mixture will most likely foam up and come over top of container so do this on top of something like a tray. Remove items with a slotted spoon and put on cookie sheet with shallow side, let sit in sun for day or too, can also dry indoors. They continue to rust as time goes on.


In an old mixing bowl stir together 1/2 c instant coffee, 2 tbls. vanilla and 3c hot water. Mix until all is dissolved. (This stain mixture will last in a jar with lid for several weeks in refrigerator).  Soak items to be stained in mixture . This mixture can be used on so many items, tags, muslin, cheesecloth etc. Bake in low 250 degree oven till dry.

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