I can’t believe Turkey Day is right around the corner! There are so many things to love about Thanksgiving: the food, the gratitude, the family time, the pie. Yes, I think Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday because it is unabashedly centered around food. I’m always on the hunt for new recipes and Imperial Sugar has an amazing Thanksgiving page full of great ones. Not just recipes for pies (my favorite part of the feast) but appetizers, breakfast for company, and everything in between.
And if that wasn’t cool enough, they’ve totally got the kids covered with crafts, free printables, and much more! The only thing I love as much as food is crafting with my little ones. So when I discovered these cool Salt Dough Leaf Napkin Holders, I knew exactly how we’d be spending our afternoon. We put our own creative twist on the project and I encourage you to do the same. This is such a simple, fun, creative project. And the recipe for salt dough from Imperial Sugar is the best I’ve tried. I see many more salt dough crafts in our future.
To Make Salt Dough Leaves You’ll Need:
- 2 cups salt
- 1 cup water, divided
- 1 cup cornstarch
- Tin foil covered baking sheet
- Red and yellow food coloring
- Leaf shaped cookie cutter
- Ribbon, twine and/or tulle
- Optional: fallen leaves
- Optional: metallic paint/ paint pen
How to Make Salt Dough Leaves:
- Stir salt into 1/2 cup of water in a medium saucepan.
- Cook over medium-low heat until hot.
- Remove from heat.
- In a bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarch until smooth.
- Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture.
- Return the saucepan to the stove and cook, stirring constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens into the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes.
- Turn mixture out onto a glass plate and cover with a damp towel.
- Allow to cool, then divide dough into 3 equal parts. Add red food coloring to one, yellow to the second and orange (often a combination of red and yellow) to the third batch. ( We chose to make one red, one orange, and leave one white)
- Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or with your hands.
- Optional: Press leaves into the dough to create beautiful impressions.
- Use the leaf cookie cutter to cut out multiple shapes.
- Optional: For extra fun combine the leftover pieces of each color to create a marbled effect, cut more leaf shapes.
- Bake the leaves on a tin foil lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours until completely hard.
- Let cool, decorate your leaves with metallic paint if you’d like. If you would like them to be name plates, use a paint pen to write your guest’s names.
- Simply set them at each place setting or attach them to cloth napkins with ribbon, twine, or tulle.