Salt dough gingerbread men

Ingredients

1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water

Directions

1. In a large bowl mix the salt and flour.

2. Gradually stir in the water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.

3. With your hands form a ball with your dough and kneed it for at least 5 minutes. The longer you kneed your dough the smoother it will be.

Store your salt dough in a air tight container and you will be able to use it for days.

You can paint your creations with acrylic paints and seal with varnish or polyurethane spray.

You can let your salt dough creations air dry, however salt dough can also be dried in the oven. Bake at 200 F until your creation is dry. The amount of time needed to bake your creations depends on size and thickness; thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker creations can take 2-3 hours or more. You can increase your oven temperature to 350 F, your dough will dry faster but it may also brown.

Here at St Philip’s Marsh Nursery School we made salt dough gingerbread men.  The dough was rolled and we used a cutter to create the gingerbread shape.  Make sure you make a hole in the dough before baking if you want to hang your gingerbread man up. The children decorated them with ‘Hama’ beads before they were baked.  We think they look fantastic.