Salt Dough Craft Using Image Transfer Medium {Cute Gift}

Salt Dough Craft using Image Transfer Medium. A great gift for parents and grandparents. Super easy Christmas craft
I am not the crafting type. I have tried many times and although I have a few successes (like my DIY Ruffled Tree Skirt), there are more fails – which is why you rarely see crafts on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen.

I have been wanting to do a project with Country Chic Paint’s Image Transfer Medium for a while now, I have had a sample jar of it for a few months but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it. All I knew is that I wanted to use it to transfer a photo and make something heartfelt.

I clearly had some big dreams.

A few days ago I was reflected on the salt dough craft I made all the grandmas last Christmas and decided I would go that route again.

Salt dough crafts are easy.

Image transfer salt dough craft. Really easy to do and it makes a great Christmas Gift

First of all I needed to make salt dough, which is really easy.

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour (I used whole wheat because it was all I had but all purpose will produce a clean, white ornament)
  • 1/2 cup water

Simply knead the dough until it’s smooth and combined. Shape it to what you want and pop it in a 200 degree oven for an hour (or until fully dry).

Country Chic Paint Image Transfer Medium

Once the dough was cooled, I printed out a photo on plain paper and grabbed my Image Transfer Medium.

Salt Dough Craft  idea

I applied a generous amount of the Image Transfer Medium to the print side of the image.

Country Chic Paint Image Transfer

I then flipped it over and laid it over the hardened salt dough craft from earlier. Keep in mind that your image will be mirror, so if you want it to look the same as what it does on the paper, flip it horizontally in your print settings.

Let set for a minimum two hours, the longer you wait – the better. I waited almost three hours.

How to do an image transfer

Take a wet cloth and gently start rubbing the paper. Go easy on your pressure at first until you get the hang of it. You will see the paper start to peel but if the actual image is coming off with it, stop what you’re doing and let the image transfer sit a bit longer.

At first I was worried with out pin the image was while the transfer was sitting, I was relieved that once the paper was being removed that the original color was coming through.

How to properly protect an image that has been transferred to salt dough

I took a Sharpie and wrote down the date, but now looking back I wish I didn’t do that. I wish I printed off the information in a nice font and used the Image Transfer, oh well – lesson learned.

I used Country Chic Paint’s Tough Coat to seal it and let it dry over night before touching it.

Do you craft during the Christmas holidays?

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14 comments on “Salt Dough Craft Using Image Transfer Medium {Cute Gift}”

  1. That is so cute and sounds so easy to do. I am pretty busy with baking and all my other crafts for Christmas but this might make a beautiful valentines gift for daddy from Bella … make the salt dough into a heart shape!

  2. That is adorable and looks like fun to do! I always imagine that I will craft for the holidays, but I don’t get around to doing it much!! 🙁

  3. What a cute idea Randa! We’ve made salt dough before, this takes it to another level, great Christmas present for grandparents! Thanks!

  4. This super cute and looks super easy. I am totally not the crafting type either but I think I could handle this and then I could have a really great keepsake for my kids! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is a really great project idea! I think they would make perfect presents for grandparents around this time of year! Thanks for the post Randa!

  6. What a great way to record how the kids change each Christmas.

  7. I’m not a crafter either, but think this project might be doable. Could be a great gift for the grandparents. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I made some salt dough ornaments in the past but there is something about the humidity in the Philippines- it doesn’t stay hard! And all that hard work for nothing! I have a better chance with the baking soda dough. Haven’t tried transferring a picture on to it. I’d like to try that! Thanks for sharing the idea. Have a blessed Advent season! patsy

  9. What a great and cute personalized craft, love this! Would be fun to put it on a stand on the mantle for display.

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