Are you celebrating Diwali with your children next week? I think observing festivals from many different cultures is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the wider world. The festival of lights is taking place on Wednesday 26th October 2011 and this year we are marking the occasion by making some salt dough candle holders.
Salt dough candle holder Diwali craft
We started by mixing up a batch of our easy salt dough recipe. One cup water, two cups flour and two cups salt and you’re done. (You can download this recipe, and more play dough recipes and ideas, in our Let’s Play Dough ebook.)
Then we took a ball of salt dough each to make our candle holders. The children used their thumbs to press out a hollow in the centre of their candle holder, making sure it was the right size to fit our tea candles.
We pressed some sequins into the dough of some of our candle holders, and then baked them all at Gas 1/2, 120C, 250F for about 3 hours. Using a fish slice makes it easier to pick up them up and place them on the baking tray.
Once the salt dough candle holders were cool we painted a layer of glitter paint over the surface of the sequined ones, to add some more shimmer and help hold the sequins in place.
On our other salt dough candle holders we painted a layer of gold paint and sprinkled on gold glitter while the paint was still wet.
More Diwali crafts and activities
:: why not try making traditional rangoli patterns with your children using beans and lentils?
:: or combine crafts, decorations and food to host your own Diwali party