Posted: 11th May 2016

For exciting crafty kids workshops then look no further than CRAFTD Kids! Running creative, curious and clever workshops for little ones in and around Greater London, CRAFTD offer exciting and interactive ways for children to learn life-long skills. Their workshops are structured to encourage creative thinking, patience and teamwork – but most importantly – messy, colourful fun!

Follow their up and coming events on their Instagram feed and visit their website for more information on their bespoke party services.

We want to thank founders, Emilia and Paulius, for sharing a fun project to keep your littles entertained – whatever the weather, bring a tropical vibe to playtime with this fun and hands on project!

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer… Spring is finally in the air. And what better way to embrace the upcoming summer than by making some tropical accessories to wear! In this blog post, Emilia from CRAFTD Kids walks you through this simple and fun DIY to make with your mini me (using materials you probably already have around the house!).


To make salt dough:

  • 1/2 cup plain flour

  • 1/2 cup salt

  • 1/2 cup warm water

To create your necklace:

  • Cookie cutters of your choice (we bought ours from EBay for £3)

  • A piece of yarn or string

  • Accessories to decorate (acrylic paint, glitter, googley eyes, etc!)




Preheat the oven to 140 degrees Celsius.


Place the flour and salt in a bowl then add the warm water in small amounts, mixing as you go. It should turn into a slightly sticky dough, but not so sticky that it gets stuck to your fingers. If this happens, you need to add some more flour to balance it out. Alternatively, if you find your mixture is too dry, add a little more warm water.


Once you get the right consistency, take the dough out of the bowl and knead it out on a flat surface for a few minutes until it is nice and smooth.


Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to a 1cm to 2 cm thickness and cut any shape you like – either freehand or using your chosen cookie cutters. Use a thin straw or bamboo skewer to make a hole in the top of your shape to thread string through later.



Next, lay the finished creations out on a baking sheet and pop in the oven on a low temperature (not too high or your dough will crack!) for around 3 hours – make sure to bake on both sides.


Once baked and cooled, it’s time to decorate! Using acrylic paints, glitter, googly eyes and anything else you can get your hands on, decorate your pendants! Use a clear glue or varnish to seal if you like. Let the pendant dry and then thread yarn through the hole. TA DA – you’re all done!



We’d love to see what you create – make sure you share your masterpieces with us via Instagram by tagging @craftdkids. Thanks very much for having us Abacus Kids and happy crafting!

Emilia & Paulius

Creative Directors – CRAFTD Kids

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