How to make salt dough snow buddies- Ways to savor the season 7/16

JMJ  *Salt dough has been around for at least decades.  It is real fun and easy to work with.  Every time we create a new batch of snowbuddies for boutique-selling and for friends, people are so intrigued by the fact they are made from salt dough.  Have some fun and make a batch for yourself and your family!

Every day for 16 days, you will find little things which are inexpensive to do, involve little to no preparation, for family and close friends to enjoy together this holiday season, on this blog site,  www.onceuponaschoolhouse.com. Although a few ideas might be added to your Christmas bucket list, these are mostly traditional ideas that have a timeless quality to them.

Ways to Savor the Season 7/16- Build some snowbuddies together

hot cocoa solo (2 of 1)-2
Finished snowbuddy size about 1 1/2 inches tall!
snowman solo (2 of 1)
Sarah sold these at a boutique several years.  They came with adoption papers and suggested names! (see below)

snowman solo (2 of 1)-2

So, how to make these snowbuddies?

What is needed for a rather large batch of 1 1/2 inch tall snowbuddies:

1 cup salt

2 cups flour

1 cup water

acrylic paint (orange, white, black)

toothpicks for nose

twigs for arms

yarn for scarf (red)

Process:

  1. Break up toothpicks for the nose, as well as the twigs for the arms. Paint toothpicks orange, if desired, and the top side of the twigs for hint of fallen snow.  (see photo)
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.   Mix and knead together salt, flour, and salt until smooth and elastic, but not sticky.  Add just a little flour if it is sticking to your hands.
  3. Roll dough into snowballs for the snowmen, then build your snowmen, 3 snowballs in height, lining them up on the cookie sheet as you go.  The snowbuddies pictured are about 1 1/2 inches tall.
  4. They need to bake a good, long time, about 2-2 1/2 hours.  Cool completely, about 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Paint the snowbuddies white, dabble on some eyes and personality, and accessorize with a yarn scarf.

Ring the School Bell 68/180 Days

The weather got even wilder today, with the winds taunting the branches in the trees by randomly  thrashing them all over the place.  I excitedly joined the wildness outside with my work shovel, wisely staying away from the tree branches, just in case.  I kind of lost track of time, after counting over 100 shovels of dirt, while again working on our grand yard-makeover, DIY style!

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

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May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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