Super Easy Salt Dough Garland

This was so easy and I’m so happy with the results!  Our fireplaces looks festive and colorful and I love having the kids’ artwork displayed in the house.

close up of painting

I started the project by making salt dough ornaments.  I used a cookie cutter to make the snowflake shape.  There are several salt dough recipes online – I honestly can’t even remember which one I used!

After drying the salt dough, I allowed both kids to paint the salt dough snowflakes however they wanted.  To be honest, I was a bit stingy with the paint colors I allowed them.  I wanted the snowflakes to look a bit more wintery, so I put more blues and greens and whites on the plate than reds and yellows.  Ender did end up asking for more colors, and that was fine.  The extra colors look nice!

After the paint dried, I cut a piece of twine about the length of our fireplace mantle.  I glued the first snowflake in the middle of the twine, then glued the next two at either end of the length of twine.  Then I divided the remaining snowflakes in two equal groups.

The rest of the snowflakes were glued onto the twine fairly evenly spaced.  I didn’t measure or something.  I just used a dot of hot glue to glue each snowflake.  I added the glue at the top of one of the snowflake legs so they’d hang down.

close up of glue

After allowing the glue to dry, added small loops to each end of twine.  This is for hanging.

knot

Our fireplace has little eye hooks underneath it for hanging.  You can’t see them, but they’ve been incredibly useful for many things (like hanging stockings!).

I draped the twine over the little eye hooks and secured the ends with the little loops I had tied.

Tada!

Garland on fireplace

I love, love, LOVE it!  I can’t wait until the kids get home and see it!

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