Thursday, June 2, 2011

Salt Dough Starfish

I was browsing through some blogs the other day and came across Lucy's blog, Craftberry Bush
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I Just loved her idea of making Starfish out of clay. Go on over and check out Lucy's Post. I decided to try to make these little guys out of Salt Dough because I had everything on hand. It's an easy recipe: 1 Cup Flour, 1 Cup Salt, 1/2 Cup Water plus more if you need. By the way, have you seen the price of these little guys...about $6 per one Starfish. Way too much for me. Free is better!

Wouldn't you know, when making these I didn't have my camera! However, they are easy to make. Just a little sculpting is all it takes. I used a fork to poke the holes in the arms and a knife to make the lines down each arm. Put them in an oven set to warm and dry them for about 2 hours. I flipped mine over for the last 1/2 hour to dry the underside. Next, take a nail file or block sander and smooth out any rough edges. Last, I used Ceramcoat Oyster White paint and gave them a quick coat. That's all there is to it....very easy!

I know, up close they are not perfect, but for Free they'll do just fine for my Summer decor!

These guys are everywhere and in every Summer decorating magazine! I hope you'll give them a try if you're like me and don't want to spend a ton of money. This made me and my two boys happy...While I was making these, I gave my boys the extra dough to play with. Who says you can't decorate and play with your kids at the same time. HAVE FUN!

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25 comments:

  1. Awesome job Tanya!! I love accessorizing with starfish! Martina

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  2. This is great-- I love it! How versatile and it looks very chic... Erin at http://www.inbetweenlaundry.blogspot.com

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  3. AWESOME! I'm going to try this. Beats spending the money buying one when you can make it!

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  4. I LOVE that I can always afford your projects :) I went thrift-store shopping yesterday, and while I didn't get anything...your projects helped put me in a totally different frame of mind.

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  5. I am so impressed! Yours look awfully real! Great job. I'm looking forward to following your blog.

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  6. Fabulous. I bought one of those $6 (with a coupon of course) versions from Michael's and the dog ate it. Seriously, lol. I'm guessing he probably won't find this version as tasty so I'm definitely giving it a try. Thanks.

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  7. Great idea! Looks like fun too :)

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  8. Tanya, Your stars look great and using salt dough is one of my favourite alternatives to clay...:) It's perfect sitting on that beautiful blue frame and best of all they cost next to nothing ! xo
    Lucy

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  9. Love this! I saw her post too. I am so glad that you did it, it turned out perfect. :)

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  10. This is so cute!! I was wanting to put some starfish in my decor but not in the budget. But now I can make one! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  11. What a genius idea! And, yes, free is definitely better than 6 bucks! Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower :)

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  12. That looks so real!! I can't believe it. Thanks for linking up :)

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  13. Brilliant. I've been seeing a lot of shells and starfish lately. This is so much better than spending a lot of money. I would love for you to share this project at my linky party.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspiration-board-link-party.html

    Hope to see you there.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. Thanks so much for linking up at my link party. Hope to see you Tuesday at the next link party.

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  15. Wanted to let you know that I used your Salt Dough idea to make starfish & sand dollars. I added them to my Nautical Life Ring Wreath & featured your link on my site: www.fakeitfrugal.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the great idea!

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  16. I also used Lucy's starfish idea. Salt dough also crossed my mind and I definitely would have used that if my daughter didn't have extra sculpting clay on hand. Sculpting clay can be expensive! I love my starfish and I love yours too!

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  17. That looks wonderful, so real!
    I would love if you would link up to our Weekly Playdate party at http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-everyone-welcome.html

    Cheers,
    Lori
    Come & Play :: Playdate!
    www.beneaththerowantree.com

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  18. I'm featuring you today! Come by and grab a button if you want :) http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

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  19. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

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  20. Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow! ;)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  21. Tanya - Love these starfish. So creative and super cute! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this last week. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  22. What a great idea! I've been wanting to decorate with starfish but was frustrated with the prices as well. I can't wait to make some; thanks for the great idea!

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  23. I have a small question. Wouldn't the salt dough spoil?

    Thanks
    Rukmini

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  24. Your starfish looks wonderful! I think a BUNCH of these, different sizes, will make an awesome wreath!!!! My next project....I'll post pics (if it turns out.) :-)

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