Did you ever make things out of salt dough as a child? I definitely remember using cookie cutters to make Christmas tree decorations. I’ve wanted to make something a bit sculptural for a while and salt dough is so much cheaper than shop bought craft clay. It would also be more environmentally friendly (if I hadn’t slopped a load of paint over the top) because you’re just using salt, flour and water so there’s no nasty chemicals involved. I thought these little skull tealight holders would make a great addition to my Hallowen candle collection! Salt dough has its downsides, particularly that it’s difficult to make anything smooth or tall since it has the consistency of biscuit dough rather than clay. The candle holders sagged a little as they dried but I think their wonkiness makes them spookier.
You will need:
3 cups flour
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups salt
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Black and white paint
Step 2: Carve a skull face into the salt dough using a knife.
Step 3: Push a tealight into the top of the cylinder. Because the salt dough is pretty flimsy, it will squash the face down. Then use your hands to squeeze the bottom of the skull until it is thinner at the base.
Step 4: Repeat this for the rest of the dough and then bake the skulls in the oven at 100 degrees c for a couple of hours.
Step 5: Paint the faces black and white.
Spooky! I’m delighted with how the skulls look on my Halloween shrine. Last year I carved faces into oranges which I displayed for only a couple of weeks, so I’m glad that these will (hopefully) last for several Halloween seasons. I love to make decorations every year and see my collection grow. I hope you’re having a scary Halloween week!