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DIY props with salt ceramic dough

Set some time aside for some creative play and have a go at making your own props.  You may have seen some unique props popping up on my Instagram feed lately @prettycreativestyle.  I've been experimenting with a touch of DIY to try and insert some eye catching pieces into my photos.  It's a fun activity you can do with the kids - they'll make their own "unique" creations while you work on the perfect prop. 

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This eye is a fun piece that I've now got handy to insert into flat lays and there are other pieces that you may spot on my recent photos.

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I've also created 6 sets of words that are versatile pieces to pop into a styled image.  Simply create your rectangle (or other shape) and use small wooden letters to make an imprint.  Paint in contrasting colours to enhance the visibility of the letters.

I've used salt ceramic dough to make these which requires the following ingredients:

1 1/2 cups salt, 3/4 cups cornflour, 1 cup water

Mix these together in a pot, then cook over a low heat, stirring frequently until the mixture becomes solid. Turn out and knead immediately.  This will make plenty for you and about 3 kids. Once you've moulded the dough into the desired shape it will need about 36-48 hours to harden.  You can also use the dough to make hanging decorations.  Make any holes that you might require before the dough is left to harden.  It can also be painted after it has hardened.  You're only limited by your imagination!

I'd love to see what you come up with so please tag me @prettycreativestyle so I can have a look and repost my favourites.  I've also written a blog post on "sourcing styling props on a budget" which you might find useful.

Selena Hardman