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The chalkboard gift tags are a fun way to identify your lucky recipients that can be re-used over and over again. They can also serve double duty as tree ornaments. They are made using a basic salt dough recipe with black food coloring added. These are super simple to make, cost next to nothing and is a great craft project to do with the kids.
I highly recommend you use a deeply pigmented food coloring ged used by professional bakers. This is the easiest way to get a deep black color. I used Americolor gel. An accidental yet delightful surprise was discovering the subtle shimmer the salt gives off once the dough is dyed black. It is so pretty. I may recommend using a half mixture of regular table salt and a half of sea salt to enhance the glitter effect.
You will need:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup hot water
4 tbsp black gel food coloring
1) Mix the flour and salt together. Slowly add the water and mix until the dough comes together.
2) Add the black food coloring and mix well. I suggest donning a pair of latex gloves and kneading by hand.
3) Knead well as the more you work the dough the more air bubbles will be removed and you will have a flatter finished result that doesn’t bubble up. As you can see by the picture below the salt really gives off a pretty shimmer.
4) Roll out the dough to approx. 1/2 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. Using a straw, punch holes in the shape where you want the ribbon/string to loop through.
5) Bake in an oven heated at 250 degrees fahrenheit for 2 hrs or until the dough is completely dried. You can also air dry but this will take approximately 1 week to fully set.
6) Once cooled you can begin to decorate or write on the ornament with chalk.