Give Mum a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gift with these simple kid-made Salt Dough Necklaces. We’ve teamed up with Olivia over at A Crafty Living to bring you this fun Mother’s Day gift idea. To make use of your extra salt dough, check out Olivia’s salt dough fridge magnets.
With Mother’s Day approaching we got crafty in the kitchen to make some Salt Dough Necklaces. This is a hands on craft activity with an added sensory element that also happens to be practically free! #win.
Mr3 helped to measure out the ingredients and enjoyed mixing them together. Miss17 months even got involved and helped with the mixing (& tasting) too!
We also made a few extras, as Mr3 was determined on making a necklace for his Dad & younger sister as well. Here’s how we made these Salt Dough Necklaces for Mother’s Day, plus a free recipe printable.
>>> How to make Salt Dough Necklaces for Mother’s Day
Age: 3 years +
Time: 30 mins + drying time
1 // Make your Salt Dough Pendants with whichever shapes you like. Don’t forget to use a straw to make the necklace hole.
2 // Bake your Salt Dough or allow to air dry.
3 // Once completely dried out, your pendants are ready to paint.
4 // Once the paint is dry, seal your pendants with a clear spray sealer, clear dry glue or Mod Podge.
5 // Thread your Salt Dough Pendants onto twine and tie up into a necklace. We also added some beads too. Now all that’s left is to wrap and gift to Mum on Mothers Day!
Tips & Tricks
> We added extra flour whilst kneading to stop it from sticking to the board. I found adding more to the original mix made the dough too dry. But adding it throughout the kneading process made it just right!
> Remember to place the dough on baking paper to avoid sticking.
> If the oven is too hot they will rise and cook.
> Keep the oven as low as possible to dry them out. You can place another tray & a heavy weight on top to keep them from rising.
> The thicker the dough, the longer they need to dry.
> Flip them half way to thoroughly dry out.
The batch is quite big & will make lots of Salt Dough Necklaces. If you’re looking for another activity to use up the rest of the dough, we’ve shared how to make these Mother’s Day Salt Dough Fridge Magnets on A Crafty Living.com.
P.S. You can check out the Mother’s Day Flower Photo frames we did last year too. Wishing all the mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day, and Happy Crafting!
>>Have you ever made salt dough necklaces before? If not, now’s the time!
Olivia is a career nanny & craft extraordinaire from Sydney, Australia. She shares her passion for children & creativity by providing simple arts, crafts & activities full of learning opportunities. Her aim is to encourage & inspire you to be creative with your babies, toddlers and preschoolers! You can find more from Olivia at www.acraftyliving.com or follow her on Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest.