I relived my childhood while making these little ornaments to go on the tree. When we were younger and my parents were working during the holidays, our next-door neighbour used to baby sit us. She was eighteen, had brightly coloured highlights in her hair and, one time, forgot her house key so posted me through the cat flap to let her in. She, also, introduced me to salt dough. She used to add food colouring into her salt dough so it was like pastel coloured play dough. She made my brother a lizard out of it which he kept in his room until he went to University. That's how cool that lizard was. I wish I had a picture to show you. But here is how to make your own salt dough, whether you want to make a lizard or a Christmas Tree decoration.
300g plain flour,
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil.
This can get a bit messy. When my parents came home, post-lizard creating, their kitchen was covered in paint and flour. Basically, all you need to do is knead the mixture until it becomes a dough. Then, using a rolling pin, create a flat surface of dough and start cutting out shapes with biscuit cutters.
Using some typewriter style ink stamps I have, I wrote out short words or family and friends' initials onto the stars. To make then hang on the tree, I also got a knitting needle and made a hole near the top of the decoration.
Then, I baked them for 20 minutes in a 180 degree oven. It will smell like you've been baking cakes. I found it so confusing knowing that I really shouldn't eat them as they are rock hard and half made up of purely salt. Not that delicious, but the smell can majorly deceive you.
I wanted to go for the 'shabby-chic' handmade vibe, so I tore long strips off some red gingham material I have so it looked frayed and threaded it through the hole and tied it in a knot
Warning. This recipe will make you A LOT of Christmas Tree decorations. I have made so very many for family and friends. They look so hilariously handmade but so far, everyone has been really touched that I bothered to make something like that. Even if it is so simple to do. And it's edible. Gutting.