If you are not handy with a glue gun and making a scrap book seems like to much work you may want to consider craft recipes. Many people who think they are not interested in crafts find that once they get inside the kitchen they can create wonderful masterpieces with a few bowls and some everyday ingredients. While some craft recipes can be eaten others will help you develop wonderful craft products or dough your kids will love to play with (and it costs a fraction of what it does in the store). So if you are bypassing the jewelry making or ceramic painting here are some ideas for craft recipes-
- Salt dough-This dough can be played with or you can paint your salt dough figures after baking them with water paint, acrylic paint or tempera paint. When the paint is completely dry you will need to seal the figures with acrylic clear gloss sealant. It is important to remind children that this dough is not edible.
What you will need:
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 cups of salt
- 2 Tablespoons of wallpaper paste powder
- 1/2 – 3/4 cups of water
Instructions for the project: Knead all of the above listed ingredients in a bowl and cover. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. Afterwards knead again. It should be smooth. Cover your baking pan with baking paper. At this point you can make any desired figures and place them on the baking pan. Let the figures rest overnight. The next day you can bake the figures according to their thickness: It is important to remember that for each 1/4 inch thickness you need to bake for 1 hour in a 175° oven. That means for 1 inch you need to bake for 4 hours. After this initial baking you will then need to continue baking for all thickness:
- 1/2 hour at 210°
- 1/2 hour at 250°
- 1 hour at 300°
After this your figures can now cool and then be painted.
What you will need:
- A clean 1 quart jar with a tightly fitting lid.
- 7 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cake or pastry flour
- 1 cup buttermilk powder
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons double acting baking powder
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) shortening
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter
Place all purpose flour, pastry flour, buttermilk powder, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Whisk to combine dry ingredients. You can then cut in the shortening and butter to form a coarse, crumbly mixture. You can also do this in a large food processor but you will need to do it in two half batches by pulsing the processor to cut the fat into the flour.
- To make biscuits:
- 3 cups biscuit mix
- 1 cup ice water
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Each batch makes 10-12 2-inch biscuits
- Place three cups of biscuit mix in a medium sized bowl. In a well in the center, stir in almost all the ice water. Form a soft dough by briskly stirring with a fork, adding reserved ice water if required. Gently knead on a lightly floured board about 8 times (do not overwork dough). Roll or pat out to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Cut into rounds (2 to 2 1/2 inches). Place on un-greased baking sheet and bake until lightly golden brown (about 12 minutes). Brush generously with melted butter or lightly with cream or milk before baking. Bake until lightly golden – about 10- 12 minutes. Serve hot.