How to Make Salt Dough Treasures for a Pirate Chest

Salt Dough Treasures for a Pirate Chest

Peakles and I are grabbing our cardboard cutlasses, our treasure maps and going on an adventure soon!  Talk Like a Pirate Day is on 19th September and we cannot wait to celebrate again this year!  As usual, we will be having a pirate tea, full of hardtack biscuits, gruel and rum (toast, soup and ginger beer!) and we will be singing sea shanties well past her 8pm bedtime!

Salt Dough Treasures

Peakles loves making maps and going on treasure hunts, so we thought we would make our own pirate treasures this year to hide around the home and garden!

Materials and Equipment

homemade salt dough   coloured paints   paintbrushes  plastic jewels   sparkly stickers   cookie cutters   PVA Glue

sparkly stickers   cookie cutters   PVA Glue

How We Made Salt Dough Treasures

First, we made some plain homemade salt dough using our own recipe  Then, we rolled out the dough and cut out different shapes with the cookie cutters.  Next, we rolled the salt dough into different shapes such as cubes and spheres.  Finally, we rolled out more dough into long snakes and curled these round to make necklaces and rings.

We then cooked the salt dough in the oven on a low heat and then left the treasure to cool overnight.  Once it was dry we painted our salt dough treasures different colours, using glittery golds and silvers.  We also painted an X design on some of the circular shapes to make gold and silver coins.  Finally, we stuck some jewels and sparkly stickers on some of the treasures to make them look extra special.

Peakles thought they were great and once we placed in a box, they looked like real pirate treasure!  We really hope you enjoy making these and playing at being Pirates this month!

International Talk Like A Pirate Day Quirky Blog Hop!

We are joined by some of our Quirky Blog Hop Co-Hosts this month, sharing some fantastic Pirate Ideas to get your whole family involved!  Why not grab a glue stick, done your pirate patch and help celebrate everything piratey!  Arrrr me hearties!

Witty Hoots Shares some great ideas in a Crafty Pirate Round-Up

Great Ideas for Pirate Board Books for Toddlers from The Jenny Evolution

Kitchen Floor Crafts shares a fabulous Pirate Treasure Sensory Bin with Letter Matching

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3 Responses
  1. Eva / KId MInds

    Painting salt dough treasures with glittery golds and silvers is just about the best art idea for little kids! What a fun project! And I’d be looking for the hardtack biscuits recipe we used last year today!

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