Working on a new online course...sssssh it's not quite ready yet...I embarked on some salt dough plaques and I was quite pleased with the results. I was asked to share my method, so here it is.
You will need (this makes quite a big batch of dough so you may want to halve the quantities):
4 Cups (544g) flour
1 Cup (273g) salt
1 ½ to 2 Cups (8 to 12 fl oz) hot water
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Combine the salt and flour, then add the water until the dough becomes elastic.
Add the oil at this time and knead the dough (if it's too sticky, add more flour).
Once it's a good consistency, make your decorations with cookie cutters. I also used a nail art stick and some clay tools.
Bake ornaments at 200F/93C/Gas 1/2 until hard. If the plaque is thin it may take 30-45 mins, but we would recommend checking halfway through. If your creation is thicker, check it at 45 mins and if not hard give it another 20-30 minutes. It can take up to 3 hours for thicker items.
If you prefer you can leave your creations out to air dry, this will probably take 2 – 3 days.
Once they've cooled, paint them with designs and symbols, and seal with clear varnish. I used acrylic paint.
If you're planning to hang them, poke a hole through the ornament BEFORE baking them.
Then after you've varnished them, run a ribbon or thread through the hole.
You can also add a teaspoon of cinnamon and/or some glitter into the mixture too!