Salt Dough Conversation Hearts

Salt Dough Conversation Hearts | Kid's Valentine Craft

okay, so i lied. i do have some cute hearts in my house! the kiddies and i made some Salt Dough Conversation Hearts to decorate for a fun Valentine’s Day craft and to decorate our home. we had fun making them and they turned out kinda cute. it was a great hands on craft for the kiddies.

wanna make some? here is how we made them…..

salt dough recipe
• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup salt
• food coloring

other things you’ll need
• ribbon
• red marker
• cookie cutter
• scissors

directions
• heat oven to 250º.
• mix the salt, water and flour till you make a dough. the dough should be similar to sugar cookie dough consistancy…you can add more flour till it is right. (but don’t eat it! ha ha).
• separate dough into balls and knead in a few drops of food coloring into each until you get the desired color.

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• roll out the dough out on a floured surface. use cookie cutter and cut out your hearts and place on a cookie sheet.
• make a hole at the top of the hearts to thread the ribbon through before you bake. (i found this out the hard way)

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• bake for 1-1/2-2 hours until your hearts are hard. be sure not to burn them!
• use a red marker to write on your hearts.
• thread ribbon through the holes, hang up and enjoy!

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(i probably should have been more carefully writing the words on the hearts. they are a little messy…..but i guess i can’t always be a perfectionist.)
Have fun!

Comments

  1. love it! we’re doin’ it!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Do you chill the dough like you do for sugar cookies? I made it, but it was all goopy and didn’t like anything like yours :(.

  3. I added flour till it had that consistency. No refrigeration. I think the recipe doesn’t have to be exact.

  4. did you use the traditional primary colors food coloring or did you have the fancy colors so you didn’t have to mix them? I’m doing this right now and I’m not getting the color I want. My purple turned out horrible, lol. These are so cute! If I get the to work, I’ll link back to you :)
    Katie
    miamoodesigns.blogspot.com

  5. I used the box of fancy colors from WIlton. I got them at Micheal’s. But I used the regular dye for the yellow and the green ones.

  6. I love it! We are SO going to copy you! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is super cute! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  8. How fun and cute. By the way, the imperfection makes them look more real since the actual conversation hearts have little variations. I am now a follower of your darling blog!

  9. These are so cute, I love them. Thanks for sharing.
    Dannyelle @ http://www.lifeisaparty.ca

  10. Anonymous says:

    These are awesome making some this weekend with my Granddaughter.thxs Kathy

  11. How many does one recipe make?

  12. How many does one recipe make?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Love these….did you use plain flour or self rising or does it even matter?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Ours are in the oven right now and are adorable! They look just like yours. I used McCormick’s gel colors from the grocery store. Thanks for the idea…we had a great time making them and will have more fun coming up with what to write!

  15. I used plain old McCormick food coloring. Our colors were all terrible at first too, esp. the purple (like Katie said), but I just kept kneading and in a few cases added more coloring, and they all worked. By the time we were rolling out the last two colors, they seemed really dry so I added a tiny bit more water and worked it in. I liked that consistency even better. Did anyone else have a little trouble chipping them off the cookie sheet? Would it ruin anything to grease the pan? (Or maybe you all thought to do that in the first place!)

    • Anonymous says:

      We made these today at our playdate, and the girls (2.5 and 3.5) enjoyed the process! They helped knead in the colors, roll out the dough, and cut the shapes. I had to add probably a 1/2 cup of extra flour for the right consistency for us. And I lined my baking sheets with PARCHMENT paper…the cookies fall right off the pan with NO sticking. Parchment paper is a baker’s best friend! (Hope that helps, Kara) Thanks for the great idea!

  16. Cute! We have a four-day weekend coming up and I’m going to do this with my kids.

  17. These are adorable! I’ve been wanting to make some salt dough hearts with my toddler. I think we will use your twist. Simply adorable!

  18. dalcher2 says:

    Has anyone made them at high altitude? I’m wondering about recipe variations.

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