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 with the wooden beads.
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How to Make a Salt Dough Christmas Garland
Steps to Make the Garland
- For this project, you need to cut out one large star, several medium stars, and a couple of little stars.
- Make holes with a wooden skewer on each side of the stars. This way you can thread them onto the twine where they would face out and not dangle.
- Next, brushed them with Mod Podge, (white glue would also work) and sprinkle on a little clear glitter.
- Then rub the edges with gold leaf Rub N Buff metallic wax.
Basic Salt Dough Recipe
Salt Dough Ingredients
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 3/4 cup water
Salt Dough Instructions
- Mix the three ingredients together in a large bowl. Add more water if needed to form a nice non-sticky dough ball.
- Roll out the dough and cut into shapes. Poke holes for hanging with a skewer or small straw.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes
Note: 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. It's hard to see in the light but the have a subtle glitter shine.
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 same 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.
- All-Purpose Flour
- Table Salt
- Rub n Buff Gold
- White Spray Paint
- Mod Podge or White Glue
- Wooden Beads
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 3/4 cup water
Salt Dough Stars for Garland
- Cut out one large star, several medium stars, and a couple of little stars.
- Make holes with a wooden skewer on each side of the stars. Thread them onto the twine so they face out.
- Brush them with Mod Podge, and sprinkle on a little clear glitter.
- Rub the edges with gold leaf Rub N Buff metallic wax.
Basic Salt Dough Instructions
- Mix the three ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Add more water if needed to form a nice non-sticky dough ball.
- Roll out the dough and cut into shapes.
- Poke holes for hanging with a skewer or small straw.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
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