Self Image Figurine project for kids made with salt dough

self image figurine, 2D self portrait  with salt dough, microwave salt dough

Self image figurine project suitable for kids to express themselves in a different way :).

This is like 2D self portrait for kids and family to admire once it's nicely framed and hung on the wall. 

I am sure the kids and yourself will have fun making it together :) Prepare yourself for a little surprise on how the kids see and express themselves. 

In fact, they can make personalized 2D figurine images of mom and dad or other family members as a gift or keepsake.

This project was made with salt dough which will last for long if you coat it with good varnish after it's fully dried and painted.

You might already know we have 3 options to dry salt dough. I chose to dry my salt dough with microwave because it's faster :) 

I put the dough in microwave piece by piece in short time like 30 second or 1 minute the most to avoid swelling or cracks.

I still have some hairline cracks here and there. If that happened, you can add fresh salt dough to cover the cracks. Use water as glue. Or, just leave it as it is like what I did because it looks like natural clay :)

My steps to make 2D self image figurine:

First of all, make your own salt dough :) 

Check out my salt dough craft recipe for the 3 drying options mentioned above and choose your preference. 

We all know that we only need 3 items to make salt dough. Those are flour, salt and water. However, the composition of those materials seem affecting the finish look of salt dough. 

I mean, if we use more salt and bake it you'll have very hard figurine like stone but the surface a little bit rough/ coarse. But, it should be okay after sanding.

If you use too much flour, finished dough will look smoother but sometimes it's not as hard as it should be. It becomes like baker's clay

Alright! I start with the girl skirt because it's quite thick after some folds. I would suggest you to put the skirt straight away on flat surface suitable for baking for microwave so you don't need to lift it up until the whole part assembled and dried. 

I would say there are many design possibilities of making sweet skirt for a girl. I choose a simple one like below picture.

Idea for holiday craft, kids project, self image figurine, 2D self portrait  with salt dough, microwave salt dough

From skirt, I worked up to the torso and head. Then, legs and arms.

Idea for holiday craft, kids project, self image figurine, 2D self portrait  with salt dough, microwave salt dough

Once salt dough completely dry and hard, paint it with acrylic or watercolor paints. I chose watercolor paints here

And, that's it! chose nice shadow box to frame your craft and hang it in family room or kid's room. 

Are you start thinking to make your own 2D self image figurine? Why not? All the best and have fun! :)

Idea for holiday craft, kids project, self image figurine, 2D self portrait  with salt dough, microwave salt dough

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