Thursday, November 29, 2012

Salt Dough Cornucopia ( a great mapon craft)

With just a few simple ingredients you can create this fun Salt Dough
Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving day celebration.

Salt dough recipe (below)
Craft Bond gloss finish decoupage
Glue gun
Acrylic paints: brown, yellow, orange, green, red and purple

Salt dough:
2 cups all-purpose white flour
1 cup salt
1 cup boiling water

Combine boiling water and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Slowly mix in 2
cups of flour. Place dough on work surface and wearing plastic
gloves, knead it until smooth. If dough is sticky, continue adding
small amounts of flour.

Make dough recipe (above). To color the dough, work small amounts of
paint into the dough until desired color is achieved. You may have to
work in a little flour when adding paint to keep the dough from being
too sticky. The dough should be slightly sticky but easy to shape.

Using brown clay, mold a cone shape about 4 1/2-inches long and 2 1/4-
inches in diameter at wide end. Mark lines 1/2-inch apart along
sides from wide end to narrow end. Press in the wide end so the cone
is slightly caved (see fig. 1) Roll 2 - 1/4 x 8 inch snakes. Twist
snakes together and attach around wide edge. Cut off excess. Bend
slightly so the cone is C-shaped.

Using orange clay, form a 1 1/4-inch ball. Mark 8 lines with a butter
from center top to center bottom of ball. Using the bottom end
of the knife, press a dent in the center top of the ball. Make a ½-
inch cone shape with green clay. Stick the point of cone in the
indent at the top of the pumpkin (stem). Roll a small snake with
brown clay. Twist the snake slightly and stick one end into the
indent with the stem

Crookneck squash:
Using yellow clay, roll out a 1 1/4-inch oval making one end narrow
and one end fat. Bend the narrow end slightly.

Using green clay, roll a 1-inch narrow snake. Twist into a spiral.
Using purple clay roll approximately 20 3/16-inch balls. Shape balls
into a triangle and stick the green spiral into the fat end of

Using red clay, roll a ¾-inch ball. Using bottom end of butter knife,
press a dent in the top of apple. Using brown roll a 5/16-inch
triangle and stick the point into the dent in the apple. Using green
form a small leaf and stick one end of the leaf into the dent in the

Using yellow clay, roll a 1 1/2 x 3/8-inch oval. Using a butter
knife, mark lines lengthwise and widthwise in checkerboard fashion.
Using green clay, shape 5-6 leaves of various lengths. Layer leaves
around one end of the corn. Press bottom of leaves together to form a

Using orange clay, roll a 1 1/4-inch snake. Make one end into a
point. Poke the other end with the tong of a fork to create a dent.
Using green clay, create 3-4 very small snakes. Pinch these snakes at
one end and poke the pinched end into the dent in the carrot.

Using tan clay, roll a 2 1/2-inch oval. Make slanted slits across the
top of the bread.

Bake figures in a 200 ° oven for 1/2-hour for every 1/4-inch
thickness. Bake pieces until they are completely hard. Let cool.

Paint decoupage finish on each piece. Let dry.
Arrange pieces and glue together with a glue gun.

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