We don’t have much in the way of money to go all out buying Halloween decorations. We reuse things we found previous years or make our own things. This year, we decided to get creative with salt dough and try our hand at making skulls. This was our first attempt with salt dough, and I have to say it turned out well. Boobear is certainly happy!
First we made the salt dough. I used this recipe:
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups flour
- Enough water to make a dough you can work with like clay that isn’t too sticky (about 1 cup of water for us)
That’s it! And with as many skulls as we ended up making – and he made a gift for his grandma too – we still had salt dough left over! That simply went into a ziplock baggie and is hanging out in the fridge. Still soft as can be too.
We took lumps of salt dough and made them into balls, flattened the base, and then tried to shape them into something like an oval, only pulled forward a bit to look more like a skull. Indentations on the side to emphasize the jawbone. Then we used a little tool I have left over from an art kit and added in eyes, slits for the nose, and teeth.
The one above? Apparently is a skull from a Minecraft skeleton.
Then we baked them in a 200 degree oven for about 2.5 hours. They weren’t quite finished drying, so I left them in the oven while it cooled. Then we got busy and promptly forgot about them in there for a couple days. When we got them out, they were just fine.
As you can see in the above photo, Boobear added in good ol’ Bob the Blobfish in the lower right! Can’t forget Bob!
Then I set up an area for him to paint. We’ve been talking about various traditions around the world regarding Halloween. He wanted to decorate the skulls ala Day of the Dead. Go for it!
He’s happy, I’m happy, and all in all I’d say our first foray into salt dough crafts was a success. He has other ideas he wants to try, so as long as we can stay in salt I do believe we can now say we found our handicraft.
And, you have to admit, these little skulls go quite well with his costume.
‘Til next time,