Learn how to make this salt dough Christmas garland, combined with wooden beads, to create a bright and rustic decoration for your holiday home.
Salt Dough Christmas Garland
I was thinking about using natural wooden beads with the fresh greenery I always hang on our mantel during the holidays. Somehow it just didn’t seem like enough, so I tried my hand at making a salt dough Christmas garland, by creating stars to add to the wooden beads.
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I cut out one large star, several medium stars, and a couple little stars. I made holes with a wooden skewer on each side of the stars, so that I could thread them onto the twine where they would face out and not dangle.
After they had cooled I brushed them with Mod Podge, (white glue would also work) and sprinkled on a little clear glitter. Then I rubbed the edges with Rub N Buff metallic wax.
Basic Salt Dough Recipe:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 3/4 cup water
Mix the three ingredients together in a large bowl. Add more water if needed to form a nice non-sticky dough ball. Roll out dough and cut into shapes. Poke holes for hanging with a skewer or small straw. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. You can keep the leftover dough in a sealed plastic container for a couple of days.
I made a second batch of salt dough stars to hang from the dining room chandelier. These were coated with a bit of white spray paint and glitter.
Here they are hanging from the dining room chandelier using fishing line.
Here is a closeup of the garland. I came up with a pattern for the wooden beads and gilded the smaller wood beads with the Rub n Buff wax.
The natural color of the wooden beads and salt dough stars looks great on the mantel with fresh greens and the cream colored nativity set.
I can’t believe I haven’t worked with salt dough before. It’s so easy and costs next to nothing to make. Now the wheels in my head are turning with new salt dough projects.