We talk a lot about injecting your own personality and style into your wedding day and sometimes that can send budget alarms bells ringing, especially if you aren't the kind of girl who can make something from raw materials. Luckily, we are on hand to help you with some very chic and very simple ways to create elements for your wedding day that won't break your nails or break the bank. These work as a relaxing Sunday project in the run up to the wedding but make awesome ideas for girls evening, grab some wine, call your bride tribe and have fun involving everyone in helping to craft your wedding day.
Chances are, you had a go at making things with Salt Dough in primary or secondary school. I sure did and it was a disaster! But a few years ago I decided to give it another try and was blown away by how well they turned out, even teaching a class or two on how to make them. This recipe is foolproof and it can even be made in advance and stored, ready for your helping hands to arrive.
All you need is:
350g of flour
150g of salt
150ml of lukewarm water
cookie cutters (hearts, stars and circles work well)
stamps (you can pick these up for a few pounds in places like The Works, The Range, independent craft shops and online)
ink pads (a few different colours work best)
bamboo skewer or thin straw to make hole in tags
As soon as your guests arrive, you want to preheat the oven to 90°C
If you haven't already mixed the ingredients before hand, mix your dry ingredients in a large bowl, gradually adding your water as you mix. Make sure the mixture is well combined and doughy, then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface (worktop or kitchen table works well).
Kneed the dough for 5 to 10 minutes, until it is elastic and smooth. At this stage, you can put it in an airtight container or zip lock bag (with air pushed out) until you are ready to use it - it will keep for a couple of days maybe even a week if no air can get to the dough.
Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick, roughly the same depth as a pound coin.
Stamp your dough using the ink and stamp blocks. You can use individual letter stamps if you have them to write names - perfect for alternative name cards or use your initials as a pretty keepsake for guests, or use fabrics or other objects like buttons or twigs to emboss your dough instead of using inks. You can even mix and match to create something really artistic, have a play and see what fits your wedding theme. Remember - they don't have to be perfect, if the corner of the stamp gets ink on the dough that's OK. It will give them a more handcrafted feel!
Use your shapes to cut your dough, make sure to be careful to keep the part of the design you like inside the cutter.
Once you are happy with them, use a skewer or small straw to make a hole for ribbon, place them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven to dry out for around 5.5 hours.
Once they are dry and cooled you can clean off any rough edges with a light sandpaper and finish with a ribbon that matches your colour scheme, or you can use twine for a more vintage or rustic look.
Don't fancy the idea of Salt Dough? This idea can be used with Polymer Clay or even Metal Clay to create a different finished look - although, we would not advise using ink when stamping the Metal Clay. Simply follow the on pack instructions when it comes to drying times and get ready for your guests to be dazzled.