I had visions of a majestic salt dough deer that I could put on my mantle and paint a glittery silver. That one was not meant to be. The dough was entirely too heavy and the legs kept collapsing. If I were going for Bambi skidding on ice, that would have worked.
By the time the legs fell off for the third time I was pretty annoyed. So, I scrapped the deer. As I sat back trying to think of a leg-less, holiday-ish animal, it came to me. A chubby, bottom heavy penguin.
I knew this guy would only benefit from gravity pulling him down. This is a step by step tutorial to show you how to make one of your own.
SALT DOUGH HOLIDAY PENGUIN TUTORIAL
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- Black, white and red paint
- 2 pipe cleaners
Step 1: Sift the flour and salt together. Stir in 1 cup of water. Mix until incorporated. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth.Make a cone shape and pinch the backside to form a tail.
Step 2: Take a pipe cleaner, fold in half and twist together. Split the pipe cleaner halfway down to make a fork. (These will be the feet). Flatten little pieces of dough to cover the pipe cleaner feet. Make three smaller pieces for toes and squish them on.
Step 4: Create two wings. Make little balls and flatten them with your thumb. Make the ball into a tapered oval shape. Cut two small pieces of pipe cleaner and push it into the wing. Then push the wing into the cone body.
Step 8: Decorate your penguin with paint. I painted a black coat, red bow and pink feet for my penguin. You can be as detailed as you like. Try different patterns and designs. If you are not confident with a paintbrush you can always spray paint your penguin a solid color!