Salt Dough Pendant Necklaces

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Ever thought about diving into the world of salt dough with your kiddos? It’s a blast! Salt dough is not only fun and easy to make, but it also opens up a world of creativity for you and your little ones. Making salt dough pendants is a perfect afternoon activity that doesn’t require fancy materials—just some basic kitchen staples. Plus, the end result is super charming: unique necklaces that are perfect for gifting or keeping as little treasures.

One of the coolest things about working with salt dough is the sensory play aspect. It’s fantastic for kids’ development! Kneading, rolling, and shaping the dough helps with fine motor skills and sensory integration. They get to feel the texture, work on hand-eye coordination, and even experiment with natural dyes or paints once the pendants are dry. It’s a hands-on way to boost creativity and sensory skills all at once.

So, why not roll up your sleeves and join the kids in crafting some adorable salt dough pendants? You can personalize them with imprints, glitter, or paint. They make heartfelt gifts, especially with Mother’s Day or holidays around the corner. Let’s gather our ingredients and get ready to mix, shape, and bake some beautiful memories!

Salt Dough Pendant Necklaces for Mother’s Day

Looking for a heartfelt, homemade gift for Mother’s Day? Why not try your hand at creating beautiful salt dough pendant necklaces? Not only are these necklaces charming and unique, but they also provide a perfect opportunity for kids to get involved in making a special gift for mom. Let’s roll up our sleeves and start crafting!

Material List

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Large bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Small circle cookie cutters
  • Straw
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge sealer
  • Yarn or string
  • Beads

Detailed Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Make the Dough

In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Gradually add water while stirring, until you form a dough with a consistency similar to Play-Doh. If the dough is too dry, add a bit more water a teaspoon at a time. If it’s too sticky, sprinkle in a little more flour.

Step 2: Knead and Roll

Once your dough is mixed, knead it for about 5-7 minutes until it’s smooth and firm. Dust your working surface with flour and roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick.

Step 3: Cut Out Shapes

Use the small circle cookie cutters to cut out your pendant shapes. Place these on a parchment-lined baking tray.

Step 4: Create a Hole

Take a straw and use it to poke a hole near the top of each dough circle. This is where you’ll thread the string later.

Step 5: Bake Your Pendants

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the pendants for about 30 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness, or until they turn light golden brown. Remember to turn them occasionally to ensure they dry evenly. If any bubbles form, gently pierce them with a pin.

Step 6: Painting and Sealing

Once your pendants are cool, paint them with acrylic paints in colors or designs of your choice. After the paint dries, apply a coat of Mod Podge to seal and protect the paint.

Step 7: Assemble the Necklace

Cut a piece of yarn or string long enough for the necklace, and thread it through the hole in your pendant. Tie a knot at the top to secure it. Then, add beads to the string on both sides of the pendant for a decorative touch. Use an embroidery needle to thread the beads. Once complete, tie the ends together and trim the ends so they look clean!

These salt dough pendant necklaces offer a fantastic way to express love and creativity. They make for a meaningful and personalized gift that any mother would treasure. Have fun crafting and make this Mother’s Day extra special!

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Salt Dough Pendants Necklaces

Materials

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Large bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Small circle cookie cutters
  • Straw
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge sealer
  • Yarn or string
  • Beads

Instructions
 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Gradually add water while stirring, until you form a dough with a consistency similar to Play-Doh. If the dough is too dry, add a bit more water a teaspoon at a time. If it's too sticky, sprinkle in a little more flour.
  2. Once your dough is mixed, knead it for about 5-7 minutes until it’s smooth and firm. Dust your working surface with flour and roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Use the small circle cookie cutters to cut out your pendant shapes. Place these on a parchment-lined baking tray.
  4. Take a straw and use it to poke a hole near the top of each dough circle. This is where you’ll thread the string later.
  5. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the pendants for about 30 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness, or until they turn light golden brown. Remember to turn them occasionally to ensure they dry evenly. If any bubbles form, gently pierce them with a pin.
  6. Once your pendants are cool, paint them with acrylic paints in colors or designs of your choice. After the paint dries, apply a coat of Mod Podge to seal and protect the paint.
  7. Cut a piece of yarn or string long enough for the necklace, and thread it through the hole in your pendant. Tie a knot at the top to secure it. Then, add beads to the string on both sides of the pendant for a decorative touch. Use an embroidery needle to thread the beads. Once complete, tie the ends together and trim the ends so they look clean! 

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