In the previous post I shared the glitter painted candle holders I had made.
These candle holders are going to be a part of the Eid gift baskets that I am putting together for my family.
This project was inspired by This Little Life of Mine‘s salt dough ornaments embellished candle holders, which I had come across during this past Ramadan. I loved the way her’s turned out and knew I just had to make them for Eid al-Adha. However instead of star and moon, I made little Kabah ornaments. The Kabah is the most sacred site in Islam located in Mecca where Muslims perform their pilgrimage, and Eid al-Adha is the celebration that takes place after the pilgrimage.
I’ve never worked with salt dough, but it’s always been on my list of things to make… you know, that long list of To Do’s we all have! If you don’t already know, this is a great project to do with the kiddies… from making the dough to painting.
I’m no salt dough expert, but I’ll share my how to with you anyway. This is what you’ll need:
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1/2 Cup Water
Something to create a small hole (Such as icing tip or tooth pick)
Paint & paint brushes
Preheat your oven to 200 F. Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl, except don’t add all the water at once. You may not need all of the water; I used a scant 1/2 cup. Knead the dough, adding the water slowly to avoid over moistening it. Once it’s smooth, roll it out. By habit of rolling out sugar cookies, I rolled my salt dough between two pieces of parchment paper. No need for flouring the parchment paper.
Using a square cutter, I cut out my little Kabahs and with an icing spatula I imprinted two parallel lines for the gold band. With an icing tip, I created a hole in the corner. Since the tip is tapered, the front end of the hole was wider than the back, so I evened them out with a toothpick. Place your finished cut outs onto a parchment paper lined cookie tray. Place your tray in the preheated oven.
I dried out the ornaments in the oven for almost four hours, flipping them over half way through. Drying time will vary depending on the thickness and size of the ornaments.
Once completely cooled, you can paint the ornaments. I first painted on the black, and then the gold band. I also painted the sides in gold. When the paint was dry, I sealed the ornaments with varnish.
I looped my twine through the hole and tied it off once and wrapped it around the already prepped candle holders. For the candle holders, while the ornaments were drying, I had simply wrapped jute rope around the top and tied it off in the front along with teal lace. I also frayed the ends of the jute to make it look fuller.
Now that the candle holders are done, on to the next project that will be joining them in the gift basket.
Let me know what you think. Also, I would love to know if you’ve worked with salt dough and what you made with it.