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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Salt Dough Ostara Tree

  I wanted to make a new Ostara craft this year. I followed my "hard fun" philosophy, and decided to make a salt dough Ostara tree.

I got the idea from The Easter Craft Book by Petra and Thomas Berger

Here is the salt dough recipe:

1 cup water
2 cups salt
3 cups white flour
2 tablespoons liquid starch

Pour the water into a saucepan. Add the salt. Stir continuously as you bring it to a boil. Add all the flour and starch in one go. Stir and knead it all together. Allow the dough to cool.

OK, I probably added more water and starch. And I used starch as a glue as well.

 I made the main body of the tree first. Then added the details. It took about a day and half for me to finish, while also rearing seven children, playing Game of Thrones card game, etc. At night I covered it with a damp cloth - but it was a little mashy in the morning, so maybe plastic wrap would work better.

When it was finished, I baked it in the oven for 8 hours at 200 degrees, checking it frequently.

Problem - I accidentally baked that egg into it. But it was collapsing in the oven otherwise.

 So - how to display it? My brilliant friend suggested I "modge podge" and mount it? I had imagined it to be more temporary, but like this idea. What do you think?

My children also created:

Happy Ostara!


  1. Wow!!! it came out spectacular!!!

    don't mod podge it if you want to leave it outside in the field later for bugs and critters to eat, which is what I might do with something like that if I considered it a temporary decoration. Would they even eat something like that or is baking it making it impossible for critters to eat?

    Now I want to make one!

  2. It's essentially an intricate salty cookie right now.