Salt Dough Ice Skates
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up
These pretty little salt dough ice skates are so easy to make, and the dough comes together from items in your pantry.
What you'll need:
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon water
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper (optional)
- ½ silver chenille stem
- Craft knife
- Black and white acrylic paint
- 10 miniature pom-poms
- 2 medium pom-poms
- White craft glue
- 24" thin ribbon
How to make it:
- Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl using a spoon until it forms a pliable dough. Roll the dough into a ball, and then split the dough in half.
- Using the palm of your hand, roll the dough pieces back and forth across the parchment paper to form two logs, approximately 4 inches long. Bend each one into a rounded "L" shape. (See photo.)
- Use your finger to gently flatten the "L" shapes. Shape the heel, the toe, and the top of the skate by shaping with your fingers. (See photo.)
- Cut the ½ chenille stem in half. Bend each one so that each end is pointed up. Gently poke the pointed ends into the bottom of the skate to create the blade. (See photo.)
- Use a toothpick to poke a hole near the top of the skate. Use a circular motion to make the hole big enough to poke a piece of ribbon through. Be sure you don't make the hole too close to the top or it might break through. (See photo.)
- Use a craft knife to gently press lace marks into the skates. (See photo.)
- Lift the parchment paper and place it onto your cookie sheet. Bake the skates at 250 Fahrenheit for 2.5 hours. Let cool before continuing to the next step.
- Paint the skates white and let dry.
- Use a toothpick dipped in black paint to fill in the shoe lace lines. (See photo.)
- Use white craft glue to attach five miniature pom-poms to the top of each skate.
- Also attach one medium pom-pom to the top of the toe on each skate. Let dry. (See photo.)
- Cut thin ribbon in half. Take one half and fold it over once, the ends should be touching each other. Push the looped end through the hole from the back of the skate. Bring the open ends up over the skate and insert into the loop, then gently pull to tighten.
- Place the skates side by side on the work surface. Move one skate a bit lower than the other and tie the two ribbons together.
- Salt dough does not have to be baked; it can be left to dry overnight.
- To make larger batches of salt dough, just remember the formula of 2 parts flour, 1 part salt and 1 part water.
- Use cookie cutter to create fun salt dough creatures!