Learn how to make this salt dough garland, combined with wooden beads, to create a bright and rustic Christmas 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 Garland
Easy Salt Dough Recipe
Salt Dough Ingredients
- 1 cup of salt
- 2 cups flour
- 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 the dough and cut into shapes. Poke holes for hanging with a skewer or small straw and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes
Note: You can keep the leftover dough in a sealed plastic container for a couple of days.
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, brush 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.
I made a second batch of salt dough ornament stars to hang from the dining room chandelier. These were coated with a bit of white spray paint and glitter.
Wouldn't they make great gifts or gift tags for presents?
I bet they would look good on our Christmas tree too.
Here they are hanging from the dining room chandelier using fishing line. It's hard to see in the light but they 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.
How to Make a Salt Dough Christmas Garland
- rolling pin
- Make the salt dough by combining the flour, salt and water together in a bowl.
- Roll out the dough.
- Cut out one large star, several medium stars, and a couple of little stars.
- Poke holes for hanging with a skewer or small straw. For the garland you want two holes, one on each side of the star. (see images above)
- Bake on a cookie sheet in a 325 degree oven for 20 minutes.
- Brush them with Mod Podge, and sprinkle a little glitter on top of each ornament.
- Rub the edges with gold leaf.
Create the Garland
- Decide on a pattern of stars and wooden beads.
- Use a large piece of twine. Larger than your mantel or area you want to hang the garland.
- Start threading the beads and stars. Make sure to thread stars onto the twine so they face out.