Thursday, August 30, 2012

Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments

Ok, ok you guys are sick of my Xmas obsession? well I made it so I'm sharing, family members look away please, these may or may not be winging their ways to you sometime snowier ;)
I had a lot of fun making these, I don't profess to know how to paint, so I'm going for 'rustic' looking, fun ornaments not works of art, if I can't get the look I want with a dot or a broad sweep of a paint pen/brush then it's not happening.


My personal faves, Gingerbread men and Ladies complete with painted nails and pearl jewelery ;)
My kitchen is literally like Santas Grotto at the moment so I'll be easing off the Xmas projects... for now.


June said...

These salt dough Christmas ornies are brilliant, Ruby! What do you mean you don't know how to paint??! The decorations on each of these ornaments are terrific! I've always wanted to try my hand at salt dough crafting, but I never took the plunge and sat down and tried it.

Is it easy? Did you use a regular everyday cookie cutter? And what kind of paint do you use? And what about the glazing and keeping them in a 'solid' state after you've baked them, rather than a dough-y state after a while? I think they're wonderful!

The gingerbread men and ladies are adorable, too - I like that you adorned the ladies with earrings and necklaces and nail polish, rather than others I've seen that show the ladies with bikini bottoms and tops. Yours are much sweeter and adorable (in my humble opinion, anyway).

Thanks for sharing this with us. I've started getting ready for the Christmas craft fair season since last week, as the applications for the fairs and markets are starting to come in.

Krugthethinker said...

These look awesome! I love a good Christmas project in the summer, and I've had just about enough of it myself. Enough with the heat, bring on the cold!

Kira - said...

My favorites are the white and silver stars! You make me wish it were Christmas now.

LimeRiot said...

These are great!! I agree with Kira - my favorites are the white and silver stars. You are so good to be ahead of the xmas game this year!!

ruby murray said...

Wowsers, so many lovely comments.

June thank you so much for your kind encouragement, my humble offerings are just the results of messing around but your Celtic painted signs are beyond beautiful.

For my humble offerings I just used regular old Acrylic paint and then oil based Permanent marker (Sharpies) for the details. I've yet to varnish them but I've bought a Krylon spray on varnish just in case a brush on varnish is too liquidy and smudges anything.

I'd totally recommend playing around with Salt Dough, it's such an inexpensive Medium yet you can use it like air drying clay and leave it out for 3 days for a flat finish or bake it for 3 hours at 200C for a puffier baked goods look perfect for Gingerbread men etc. I could see you making a roaring trade at the craft shows with smaller hand painted traditional designed pendants etc. Yep you can make Salt Dough pendants, beads etc.

ruby murray said...

Krugthethinker - Thanks hun, that's so sweet. Yup those bloody Mozzies have totally given Summer the kiss of death for me, thanks to crafting I have a reason to stay inside though.

Kira - They are my faves too and a complete after thought, simple always looks the best.

Limeriot - I'm furiously crafting for Christmas so I can send off to the UK early, Sep/Oct is the cut off to send via Sea and it's a fraction of the cost. Also with a birthday in January (baby Gabrielle) I'm getting super organised so I can get lots of Girly Birthday crafting time in too.

Michele Pacey said...

those are so great Ruby! and i agree about the dots. I love dots cause I can make dots like nobody's business. One simply cannot make a bad dot, am I right?

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