2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup salt 3/4 to 1 cup water
In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Stir them together to ensure an even distribution.
Gradually add water to the flour and salt mixture, stirring continuously. Start with 3/4 cup of water and add more if needed. The goal is to form a smooth, pliable dough.
Transfer the mixture to a lightly floured surface once the mixture starts to come together.
Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour.
Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to your desired thickness. Typically, 1/4 inch is a suitable thickness for most projects.
Use cookie cutters or a knife to cut out shapes from the rolled-out dough. You can create ornaments, handprints, or anything else you have in mind.
If you’re creating ornaments, use a straw or a small round object to make a hole near the top of each shape. This hole will be used to thread a ribbon or string for hanging.
You can either bake the shapes in the oven or let them air dry. If baking, preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C) and bake for about 2 hours or until the dough is hardened. If air drying, place the shapes on a flat surface and let them air dry for 24-48 hours, depending on the thickness.
Once the shapes are fully dry and hardened, you can paint them using craft paints and decorate them as you like. Allow the paint to dry completely.