Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Salt Dough Thumbprint Hearts

Today I decided to change it up a bit. Instead of doing a food post, I'm doing a crafty, DIY post! It was a total experiment for me. I usually have some delusions of grandeur about how perfect my crafts will come out--however, that is not always the case, despite my greatest effort.
My craft challenge of the day was to make Salt Dough Thumbprint Hearts, which can be used as pendents, key chains, or good luck charms!

To make the salt dough hearts, all you need is:
-1 cup flour
-1/2 cup salt
-Water
-Spray Paint
-Small heart cookie cutter 



I added in the water a little at a time because the recipe I followed did not have a specific amount, but you want the end result to be something similar to play-dough.  I also halved the original recipe because I only wanted to make a few hearts, however I had PLENTY of dough left over, so feel free to cut this recipe in half as well.

Once you have the right consistency roll it out on a floured surface using a floured rolling pin.  



 Roll out the dough until it is a smooth thin surface.

  It is important to get the right thickness. I would suggest about 1/4 inch thick. You don't want it too thick, because they will puff up a bit, but you also want to make sure that it is durable enough to withstand pressing your thumbprint as well as being cut out.


Of course being the cheese ball that I am, I decided to go with a heart cookie cutter!

 This was the smallest heart shape out of the pack of about 6 different sizes and ended up being the perfect size! I cut out about 8 hearts and still had plenty of dough left over.



I then grabbed my love to press his thumbprint into some of the hearts, while I did the same!



After each heart was pressed, I took a pen and punched a hole through one side and flipped it over to make sure the hole went all the way through.


I then placed them all on a tiny baking sheet lined with parchment paper and popped them into a 250 degree oven for an hour.


To my surprise these little hearts plumped right up during their 'tanning session' and became a nice golden brown as well!


As you can tell, not every heart came out perfectly shaped (like that poor guy on the top in the middle.)But no worries, that's why its always a good idea to make extra!
 

When I first took the hearts out of the oven I was a little disappointed that the thumbprints didn't show up as much as I thought they would after being cooked. 

But, don't fret me brotha,(said in a Jamacian accent)that's why we have metallic spray paint, which will get into every nook and cranny of your thumbprint and make it pop!

Before spraying these little guys, make sure you let the hearts cool for a bit, I'd say 15-20 minutes would suffice.

TA-DA!

Granted, not every heart is perfect, but it's the thought that counts!

I plan on running some ribbon through the holes and giving them to all my loved ones to hang in their car or where ever else they please!

Have any of you ever made anything out of salt dough?  If so, please share your photos and any tips you may have! 

SIDE NOTE:  If you are wondering about the random Jamacian accent insert, please click the link below to find my reasoning. Trust me, you will be happy you did so!

 This was my favorite 2013 Super Bowl Commercial. 
 
Beware: There is a good chance you will find yourself repeating the phrase "Don't fret me brotha, stickybuncome soon" every now and again. It's just too fun not to!




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