Learn how to make this salt dough Christmas garland, combined with wooden beads, to create a bright and rustic decoration for your holiday home.
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.
Salt Dough Christmas Garland
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.