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Where has this year gone? I feel like I’ve missed a few months somewhere along the line, it can’t be December in a few weeks away. Well, whether I am ready or not, Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s time to make some more decorations to add to our growing collection.

First up this year are these Christmas tree salt dough decorations.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • ½ cup of salt
  • ½ – 1 cup of water
  • Green food colouring*
  • Straw
  • Paints
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrushes

As YC had a friend round we doubled up on the ingredients.


Mix together the flour and salt and then slowly add the water. When it salts to look like dough then begin to kneed it. I managed to add a little bit too much water to the mixture so it made it too sticky. It is easily fixed with some extra flour.

YC and her friend were first up to make their decorations, then EC joined them once he had finished his homework.


After we had cut out our trees we used our fingers to make prints in them. The key is not to push down too hard or you will end up going through the decoration.


Just before I put them into the oven I used a straw to make holes for the ribbon to go through at the end.

When we had finished, I put them in the oven on 65c for a few hours to dry out. About half way through I turned them over. You can leave them out to air dry but that can take a few days.


Once they were ready we painted on our baubles. I painted them on using a brush but YC and EC both used their fingers to print them with. It was much quicker for them to do it that way, and actually created a lot less mess.


We also added a little bit of black to the top of each bauble.

Finally cover the decorations with a layer of PVA glue to give it a bit of a shine. We used glue that had glitter in it, which in my opinion add a little bit more magic to them.

YC and EC were very excited to make this years first decorations and in the spirit of Christmas have kindly said that I can send some of them to my friend in New Orleans who lost all her belongings during the summer floods.

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Christmas Tree Salt Dough Decorations. Homemade decorations that children of all ages can make.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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