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Salt Dough Starfish Garland

Today I’m joining the March Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I chose to FINALLY make a project I’ve had pinned from Blythe at Desperate Craftwives for a good 5 years, with every intention of making it for my beachy themed bedroom, but just never took the time to make it.  SO YAY!! finally another reason to get it done.

This is a great project to include your little ones.  My little guy loves to craft and create so I doubled the salt dough recipe so he could work with me, doing his own creating. He was thrilled to be working side by side with mom.

What You Need:

  • Salt Dough: Mix 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour, 1 Cup Salt, and 3/4 to 1 Cup of Water (double this if you have little helpers)
  • Jute or Heavy Twine
  • Toothpicks
  • Butter knife
  • wax/ parchment paper (optional)
  • rolling pin (optional)
  • Acrylic sealant

How You Make It:

Take a chunk of the dough and roll it into a ball. Onto a lightly floured surface or wax/parchment paper (to prevent sticking), roll the ball out to be about 1/4″ thick or you can use hands to flatten as well. You don’t want it to be perfect, it can be thicker in some places than others.  The only reason I like using the roller is to make it go faster.

Once you have your circle of dough, using a butter knife cut the arms/legs of the the starfish.

Remove dough between and use hands to round and shape the starfish form.

Use toothpick to make long crease down the center of each leg and to poke small holes up and down either side of that line.

Then poke hole in top of starfish (I used a dull pencil that I was happy to throw away later) be sure it goes all the way through.

Don’t worry about making them all the same size.  It looks better if some are smaller.

This little man could do this for hours.

Once you’ve cut all your starfish let them dry, either by allowing them to air dry over night, or by baking in a 200 degree oven for several hours until hardened. I made some of my starfish in the morning and then had things I had to do so I put the dough in a ziplock bag and let the ones I made air dry.  I love how it created a texture and they turned almost white.

Later I finished making the rest and popped them all in the oven for about 4 hours.  I have to say that the ones that air dried a couple of hours before I put them in the oven look more realistic that the ones that I put directly in the oven. So I suggest air drying them, at least for a few hours. 

Once dried and cooled, apply coat of acrylic sealant.

Tie small loop through hole at top of starfish with jute so the starfish will hang facing the front when suspended. Be sure to use a square knot so they don’t fall off as you hang the garland. 

String starfish on strand of jute to make garland.  Depending on how many starfish you have on your garland, this can be pretty heavy so be sure that you can secure it well on whatever you hang it on.

This garland can be used for any kind of beach themed party, room, or add it to your summer decor.

SEE THE HAPPY!!

a fun beachy garland for parties or just summer decor/saltdough starfish garland/thekusilife.com

To join next month’s challenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ April Pinterest Challenge


Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene – My Pinterventures • Shirley – Intelligent Domestications

 • Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts

Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey • 

Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Kelli – The Olympic Nest

 • Lynne – My Family Thyme • Beverly – Across the Blvd.

Debra – Shoppe No. 5 • Pili – My Sweet Things

Laurie – My Husband Has Top Many Hobbies • Kristie – Teadoddles

Julie – Sum of their StoriesGwen – Geez, Gwen!

Marie – The Inspiration Vault • Candice – Fearlessly Creative Mammas• 

T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet • Kenyatta – My Design Rules

• Magen – The Kusi Life

Cherryl – Farm Girl Reformed • 

Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Micah – Home Faith Family • Kelley – Simply Inspired Meal

Lauren – Mom Home Guide • Deborah – Salvage Sister & Mister

Gail – Purple Hues and Me • Terri – Our Good Life • Maria – Tinselbox• Lisa – Blogghetti

Lauren – Wonderfully Made • Sue – A Purdy Little House

Toni – Small Home Soul • Maureen – Red Cottage Chronicles• 

Marci – Stone Cottage Adventures • Michelle – Our Crafty Mom


22 thoughts on “Salt Dough Starfish Garland

  1. Kay

    OK, this is adorable! I have wanted to go through my pineterest list, but I get more “fails” than “fabulous” (lol) Thanks for the inspiration, something about Spring (or the hope of Spring) gets my creativity going!

  2. Beverly

    Your starfish garland looks great and it’s wonderful that your son loves to craft along with you. I haven’t tried making salt dough pieces, but this sure makes me want to give it a try.

    1. Meg Post author

      Thanks Beverly!! I love that one of my kids has the crafting bug like me. I get a lot of crafting done since he likes to do it along with me.

  3. Leslie Clingan

    Good gravy, this garland is precious. I have a beach-themed bedroom and I think I will make this to hang in there. My hubs is grumbling about how much holiday and seasonal decor I buy but I don’t think he can say much if I make something adorable from flour and salt! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Meg Post author

      Thank you Kristi! They grow up too fast,dont they? I will definitely miss my little man when he leaves. My oldest is on a mission right now and he would help me with wood working projects. I’m sure missing him and those projects.

  4. Erlene

    I made starfish out of baking soda dough and it was so fun! I like the tip on air drying for a few hours before baking and will try that with my recipe too. Pinned.

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