We already got rid of several boxes of pasta awhile back because of our new dietary restrictions. However, I never had the heart to toss out all the wheat products. Case in point- I found a big bag of flour just sitting there in our pantry. What to do? We can't use it. Donate it? I feel strange offering a used bag of flour to friends. Toss it out? Bah, what a waste. What about crafting with it? I peeked around online and found a recipe to make beads from flour. You know me, I was intrigued and so I had to try it out.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 3/4 cups cold water
(Note: The original recipe made a LOT of dough, so I scaled it back by half. I probably could have scaled it back even more because I still had way too much.)
- Baking sheet
- Measuring cups
- Wooden spoon
- Knife/ X-ACTO knife
- Skewer/Coffee stirrer
- Food coloring
- Rolling pin
- Parchment paper
- Paper, pen, scissors
Here's what I did:
(1) I mixed the flour and salt together.
(2) Then, I mixed the water into the mixture.
(3) I kneaded the dough until it felt like play dough.
(4) I divided the dough into two balls. I added different food coloring to each ball and kneaded until the food coloring was evenly spread throughout. (Note: I semi-dyed my hands green in the process. Luckily the dye washed out after several washes.)
|Oooh. What lovely colors!|
(5) I had dreams of making a big chunky necklace made up of big beads. So, I rolled the dough out into little snakes/logs and then grabbed off portions of the dough and rolled out uniformly shaped balls.
(6) I used the skewer to create holes through my dough balls so that I could string the beads.
(7) I baked the beads at 250 degrees for 2 hours.
When I took the beads out, I noticed two major problems: the beads cracked and the holes sealed up.
|Failure! What a bummer.|
(New 5 and 6) I flattened the dough. To create the various shapes I created a template with paper, cut it out, and then used a butter knife and an X-ACTO knife to cut the shape out of the dough. Then, I made larger holes with my skewers. Here are my final results:
|Like diamonds in the rough, these baked salt dough beads ready to be decorated and strung|
(Note: My beads came out a bit bumpy. I probably should have rolled the dough out using a rolling pin. Alternatively, I read that you could bake the shapes under a glass baking dish to ensure even thickness. Also, I found it difficult to lift my already cutout shapes onto the baking sheet. So, I did my work on parchment paper and then lifted the entire sheet of parchment paper onto the baking pan.)
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