Salt Dough Starfish Failure!

Guys, today was not my day! Today’s letter in the bloggers’ A to Z Challenge was S. To go skiing with my costal decor for the summer I made salt dough starfish. Complete failure! It’s funny now. Earlier I was sad lol.

To make your starfish, sand dollar, or a mold of your baby’s hand you need:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
  • 1 cup water

So where this went wrong is here. I only had self-rising flour. Close enough right? No. Stay tuned for what went wrong…

Make the salt dough

Mix the salt & flour together. Begin adding the water slowly as you continue mixing.

For me here? Perfect, no problem.

Once mixed, kneed the dough for about 5 minutes.

Make your starfish

Break off a piece of dough & flatten it until its the size you want.

Cut a simple star shape.

Use a toothpick or skewer to press slightly into each arm of the fish. Use the pointy end to poke small holes along both sides of each arm.

Still no problem!

Bake at 200° for about two hours. I did this… waited a few hours, counting down the seconds & planning all kinds of plans for my beautiful starfish & two sand dollars (I never had much hope for them).

Your starfish will be beautiful, don’t worry!

This…. is what I got…

Guess that’s why they say all-purpose flour! I got these Patrick size starfish! Yall, I was so let down by myself lol. My plans were shot to you know where!

That’s OK, I hope you get a laugh out of this. I’m laughing my booty off now. Earlier not so much. But alls well that ends well. When I get my all-purpose flour I’ll redo my fish & I’ll show you how they’re supposed to look. Tomorrow I’ll put these Patrick Star fish in my centerpiece & show you. We’ll all get a good laugh again.

Oh my gosh! Update! This gets funnier & funnier. My husband just got home from work (9:15pm here). He was like oh yay, cookies! My son told him those aren’t cookies. He didn’t listen. He asked me. I busted out laughing, & he said, “Well, can I?” Since he didn’t take my laughter as a warning I said, “Yea.” I ran out of my room- just in time to hear spitting & “Ugh nuh!” I tried to get a picture for yall. Alas, I was just a bit too slow. He’s good at taking things in stride though. Jax & I got another huge laugh though! How you did too!

Well this has been letter S of the A to Z Challenge. I hope you’ve had a good week. Sick around & check out the other letters in the challenge. Traffic Jam Weekend link party is open. He’s over & link up. Not a blogger? That’s great too, check out all the great posts from our friends!

2 thoughts on “Salt Dough Starfish Failure!

  1. This is such a funny story!! I like your starfish though, I wouldn’t call it a failure. I’ve had troubles of my own with salt dough! Last Christmas I tried three times to make a salt dough “sugar cookie” house. In the end I still wasn’t completely happy with it, but I posted it anyway. Still, I think I’ll make it a yearly tradition…that way I can see how much I improve year after year!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Becca! I hope they turn out better with all-purpose flour lol. I’m going to try today. I thought I’d let my readers get a good laugh. I think I’ll start sharing the failures along with what works. Maybe some of you can show me how to correct what went wrong on some projects!

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