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Salt Dough Pine Cone Fairy Houses

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Salt dough and nature items are our favorites materials to create with hands down. I don’t know what is more fun, gathering the nature or pressing it into the dough and seeing what new and exciting things that you can come up with. There are so many amazing possibilities. We have made nature islands with branches and leaves and pine cone creatures with pipe cleaners. And do you remember when we made those adorable fairies with acorns, sticks and clay? Well those little fairies needed a home and we couldn’t wait to make them one. These sweet pine cone fairy houses are simple and enchanting.

Pine cone and salt dough fairy houses. Magical nature arts and crafts for kids

 

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A Piece of My Heart Homemade Ornaments

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Whenever I look at our Christmas tree, I have to smile. Slowly over the years, all of our beautiful glass bulbs have been being replaced one by one by homemade keepsake ornaments.  Our tree is filled with so much love and memories.

Pieces of my heart salt dough puzzle piece ornaments that kids can actually make. Christmas arts and crafts. This is a sweet handmade gift that your children can make for the family.

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My daughter has been insistent that our tree doesn’t have enough ornaments this year, so we have been working on filling it up. Salt dough ornaments are our favorite. With cookie cutters and paint, there are a million possibilities. We had an idea to press puzzle pieces into our clay to make these “pieces of my heart” ornaments.

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Salt Dough and Nature Winter Wonderlands and Wreaths

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I just joked the other day about how when you are a crafter it seems as if friends and family are always giving you random materials to craft with. A lovely woman that works with my husband recently gave us a huge bin full of assorted potpourri. My daughter has been dying to get her hands into it.Build a beautiful winter wonderland with salt dough and nature materials and potpourri. A wonderful activity for the winter and Christmas. Kid's arts and crafts and sensory for toddlers and preschoolers.

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One of our favorite activities has always been to work with salt dough or clay and nature items. I wanted to make nature wreaths using homemade salt dough, so I gathered some nature supplies outdoors. I picked branches from different varieties of evergreen trees in our yard. We also dug our hands into all of that potpourri and found cinnamon sticks, pine cones, star anise and other lovely and fragrant fillers. We added a handful of red beads for a little bit of a festive touch.

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Salt Dough Flowers

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My daughter is 4 this year. This year I promised her that she could have a garden of her very own. We have selected our spot outside & are getting ready to prep the area.  I let her pick the seeds that she wanted to grow. She picked 2 flowers & 2 vegetables.

Painted Salt Dough Clay Flowers with photo. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion.

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The flower packets recommended that we start the seeds inside first & once they sprout to transport them outside, so that is what we will do. Both of us are anxious for our flowers to sprout, but we know that it will take some time.

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While we wait, we felt inspired to make some flowers that we can enjoy right now. As you know, my little is a big fan of salt dough projects of any kind, so that is what we made our flowers out of.

We started with a simple salt dough clay recipe.

We rolled out our dough & used a flower cookie cutter to press out our shapes.

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We pressed lightly on our flowers to spread them out a bit to make our surface area larger.

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We put our flower shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet. We pressed a Popsicle stick into the back of each flower. You may also insert a stick right into the middle of one of the petals to be able to utilize both sides of the flower.

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We pressed a shot glass into the center of the flower to make an outline to make the petals more distinct.

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We baked our flowers for about 2 hours at 250 degrees. When they were done & cooled, we painted our flowers with acrylic paints. My daughter, as usual, opted for rainbow colors.

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We set them on a paper towel to dry. When they were dry, I cut leaves out of green foam sheets & glued them in place.

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Salt Dough Clay Flowers. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion

We had some cute little colored flower pails to stake them inbut a Dixie Cup would work fine as well. We filled the containers with packed soil & inserted the flowers in the soil.

Painted Salt Dough Clay Flowers. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion.

We used crazy glue to glue a photo in the center of one of the flowers that my daughter painted to make a special gift for her lucky Nana.

Salt Dough Clay Flowers with photo. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion

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