Get creative this summer and give these simple to make, salt dough starfish a go at home!
What you will need:
– 2 cups Flour
– 2 cups Salt
– 2 cups Water
How to make:
Step 1: Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Knead for 5 minutes until the dough softens (if sticky after a few minutes try adding more flour).
Step 2: To create the starfish shape, start with a ball of dough and gently pull five ‘blobs’ evenly spaced from around the centre to become the arms.
Step 3: Now gently pull on each of the arms to stretch them out and make them look like a starfish. A useful tip is to gently roll each arm to make it more circular.
Step 4: Now comes the fun part! This is where you can go crazy and customize the starfish however you like. We used a pencil to create small holes, we added some small balls of dough to others to give them a bumpy look and pinched the dough with our fingers to add more texture.
Step 5: Once you’ve finished shaping and texturizing your starfish, you can either let them air dry over a few days or for those who are impatient you can bake them in the oven. Place them in the oven and bake on 180 degrees for 1 hour, if after the hour they’re still not hard to touch place them back in the oven, and regularly check on them until hardened.
Step 6: After the starfish have cooled you can either leave them plain or paint them like we did.
This story is from the Summer 2022 issue of our Trivallis Valleys Magazine. To read the full issue, visit our Valleys Magazine page.