As you can probably tell, I love making homemade décor pieces that are pretty and have the kids hands in it. It fills our time (and home) with creativity and we can enjoy what we make for a bit around the house. We use the white bookshelf in our living room as our mantel since we do not have a fireplace. After making a few leaf cutouts with this flour clay dough recipe, we added holes for string, baked them and created a fall leaf banner decoration for the “mantel”.
I tried a couple of flour clay dough recipes and found that if there is too much salt in the dough it comes out sticky and hard to remove from the cookie cutter. This recipe turned out the right ratio. Problem is, I wrote it down and don’t know where I got it from so if you are reading this and know, fill me in:-)
Don’t forget to add holes in the hard flour clay dough for stringing! Wooden skewers or the tip of a pencil works great to add them.
At first I was going to keep the leaves plain. I like the organic color of the dough once baked but then decided to add a bit of “bling” with some glitter and glam to match the mercury pillar candleholders from Cost Plus World Market.
It feels like fall around here! The leaves kind of look like mini Christmas trees, don’t you think? Must mean they may just have to stay around for the Christmas “mantel” or added as tree decorations!
Homemade Flour Clay Dough Recipe
- 1 cup of flour plus 1 Tablespoon of flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of lukewarm water
- Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Slowly add water and blend well to form a dough.
- Knead dough for about 5 minutes. Roll the dough out to be about 1/4 inch thick.
- With cookie cutters create shapes and move to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let dry 48 hours or bake in the oven at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool before stringing and painting. Paint your cutouts and let them dry before stringing.
- To string, tie each cutout in a knot at the top to hold in it in place and keep them from sliding together. Space each cutout about 4 inches apart.