Salt dough unicorn ornament

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Plus, how to make coloured salt dough

We loved creating this salt dough unicorn ornament that uses rainbow dough for the mane. And, don't worry, we've provided a printable template. So, you don't have to be all arty to make the unicorn look like this one!

The magic of salt dough is you can mould it so many ways. That means there’s always a perfect craft for your child. You can use the same basic salt dough recipe to make a handprint ornament, dinosaur fossil, a bunch of flowers and this magical unicorn.

How to make coloured salt dough

What’s the best way to make coloured salt dough? We tested a few methods and found adding washable paint to be the best technique because it doesn’t stain you or your surfaces at all.

  1. Make a basic salt dough by mixing 2 cups of plain flour, 1 cup of table salt and 1/2 cup of water. Combine to make a dry dough.
  2. Divide the dough into balls. Add a teaspoon of paint to each ball.
  3. Now your kids can fold and squish the dough until the colour rubs in. Add more paint for a stronger colour. If the dough gets too wet, add more flour.

Glitter dough: to give it some added sparkle!

Just let your kids add glitter to the basic dough or coloured dough, and fold and squish to work it in. (We promise, it’s not too messy!)

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nicorn printable template

Salt dough unicorn ornament

  1. Line a baking tray with baking parchment or foil. Preheat the oven to 110C / 90C fan / ¼ gas.
  2. Print the unicorn template. Stick it to a piece of card to make it sturdier. Ask your child to cut it out.
  3. Roll a ball of dough to a thickness of about 1/2 cm. Cut around the unicorn shape using a plastic knife. It’s best to do this directly onto the baking tray as the dough can stick to the surface.
  4. Roll more colours and cut out wavy mane shapes to add to the unicorn.
  5. Dry the unicorn by baking it in the oven for 4 hours.
  6. Finally, draw an eye and a smile.