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Leprechaun gold (salt dough coins)

salt dough leprechaun gold

St Patrick’s Day is a while away but that didn’t stop us from making some salt dough Leprechaun gold coins. I’ve wanted to try making our own salt dough for ages and I found a great recipe for it over on RainyDayMum which I have adapted slightly.

How to make salt dough coins:

100g salt
200g plain flour
100ml water

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together to form a dough. I turned it out on to a lightly floured board and let my son roll it out and cut out about 20 coins using a cookie cutter.

We placed them on a sheet of grease proof paper and I cooked them in batches of 5 on more grease proof paper in the microwave. We have a 1000w microwave and cooked them for 2 minute on each side and left them to cool on a wire rack.

handmade leprechaun gold

We painted our leprechaun gold with a variety of colours of acrylic paints before leaving them to dry. Fun no-cook salt dough ornaments. Now we just need to find a rainbow πŸ™‚

Leprechaun gold (salt dough coins)


See how we used our salt dough Leprechaun gold to make a pot of gold at the end of the (handprint) rainbow.


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    VaiChin @Rambling Through Parenthood
    February 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    These look like a really good idea for little ones. Will soon be trying out with J. Thanks for sharing.

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    mellissa williams
    February 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Lovely craft idea to make with your little ones πŸ™‚ Now where is the rainbow lol ?

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    February 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Lovely, seem easy to make(love the idea of baking them in the oven, genius!) and they look really nice!

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    February 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Aww what a lovely idea! It’s nice to see a ‘different’ St Patricks day idea x

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    February 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I love salt dough – it used to keep my two quiet for hours!

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    Mummy of Two
    February 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    What a great idea! I really must do some salt dough with my two!

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    Kate Thompson
    February 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Salt dough rocks πŸ™‚

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    February 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Wow, these are brilliant! My little ones would love to make these…leprechaun gold…perfect!! πŸ™‚

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    Charly Dove
    February 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    These look like they’re fabulous for making with little ones, thank you for sharing. Just need that rainbow now – preferably with the gold!

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    Sarah Bailey
    February 11, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Now I definitely wouldn’t mind finding those at the end of the rainbow – sounds like great fun πŸ™‚ x

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    February 11, 2014 at 6:50 am

    These look fabulous, might have to try these myself

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    emma (My Little 3 and Me)
    February 11, 2014 at 7:06 am

    What a fun idea. It looks great.

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    February 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

    they look great… I am sure they will do the trick

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    February 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    How fun!! x

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    February 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    What a brilliant idea – there’s plenty of rainbows about at the moment.

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    anna m
    February 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Looks like lots of fun!
    We’ve never really done much for St Patricks day despite being Irish! Maybe we should do a few things this year!
    Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tutorials πŸ™‚ Hope to see you back next week

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    February 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing, we still haven’t got round to making making salt dough clay. This has to be a must for one of our activities in the next few weeks, looks so much fun x

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      February 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      I was really surprised how easy it was to make, cooking it in the microwave really speeds things up too.

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    hannah clementson
    February 11, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    What a lovely idea!!! I think you should make a salt dough leprechaun too :’) xx

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      February 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion πŸ™‚

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    Emily @amummytoo
    February 12, 2014 at 1:07 am

    What a cute activity! We’ve just starting thinking about craft and baking activities for St Patrick’s Day and this is definitely going on the list. Pinned!

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