Yes…you read that right….the starfish in this photo are made out of PLAY DOUGH…..
HOME MADE play dough that cost virtually pennies to make!
It all started a couple of weeks ago with my attempt to create a “nautical themed” mantel!
I asked Mr. S if he had any rope….well as luck would have it….he had some in the truck and was just about to throw it out….
I stuck the wreath in front of the mirror…added some other nautical themed items….AND….
I really didn’t like it….
Boring…Bland…..but I had other stuff to do….and it wasn’t AWFUL….just not great!
My inspirations were….
this from DYI Projects
and from the Pleated Poppy
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Put 1 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter, and 1/3 cup of salt in a pan and mix together. Add 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Turn your burner on medium/low and stir until the mixture “comes together”. This usually takes only a couple of minutes. Remove from pan and cool. Knead to a smooth consistency once the dough is cool enough to handle.
Then I made my starfish…..
Like Aimee…I looked at lots of pictures to get ideas for shapes and textures…
But basically I just played around!
I used a fork to make textures….and just pinched and shaped them into reasonably “authentic looking” starfish shapes…
I put them out in the sun to dry….figuring they would dry quickly….
except the humidity the day I did this was about 98%….
and then I left them outside overnight!
BIG MISTAKE!….they were almost dripping with the dew….what was I thinking!!!????
So I popped them on a cookie sheet and baked them at 200 degrees for a couple of hours….
That got the drying process underway….and they completely dried in 2 more days!
Then I just used craft paint to give them a finished look….forgive the AWFUL photos…at this point I really didn’t think the project was going to work and took the pictures with my phone in some pretty lousy light!
But wonder of wonders….the paint worked wonders!
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