Coral Reef

What you need:
Playdough
• Acrylic paint
• Paint Brush
• Radiatore Pasta

What you do:
• Mold a ball with your playdough, and flatten it just a little to make it egg shaped.
• Press the radiatore pasta into the playdough to make a “brain-like” pattern.
• Allow the brain coral  to dry for a day or two, turning it over periodically to speed up the drying process.
• Paint.

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Tree Sculpture

What you need:
Play dough
• Plate
• Small Branches
• Stones

What you do:
• Put some playdough on the plate.
• Poke branches into the playdough.
• Add small pieces of red, yellow, and orange playdough to make leaves.
• Add some stones around the base of your tree.
• Find the perfect spot to display your work!

Playdough Recipe

What you need:
• 1 cup of fine salt
• 1 cup of flour
• 1/2 cup of water (may add more)

What you do:
• In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour.
• Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water.
• Knead until smooth and shape into a ball.
• Once the dough is made, you can divide it up into small portions to roll into 1/8″ thick pieces with a rolling pin. Use cookie cutters to cut out a variety of shapes, and place the shapes on wax paper or other surface to dry.
• Allow the shapes to dry for a day or two, turning them over periodically to speed up the drying process.
• Instead of allowing the dough shapes to air dry, you can bake them in the oven at 200 degrees F until hard. Baking times varies depending on oven and dough thickness. Make sure the dough is completely baked. You can cover the dough with aluminum foil if it starts to darken before completely baked through.
• When  salt dough is not in use, wrap it in plastic or store in an airtight container

Tips: To get a softer dough you can add more flour. Adding more salt will lend a more granulous affect. To add color to your dough, use different types of flour or add food coloring or paint.
Knead to get an even color.
You may also paint your ornaments and sculptures after they dry.