How to make salt dough diva lamps
You will need:
1 cup of Salt
2 cups of Plain Flour
1 cup of water
Add to a bowl and mix well.
The following day I gave Little N some of the salt dough to play with.
I explained to her what I was doing as I made them and showed her as we did it.
She did a great job copying in her own interpretation, she really enjoyed it so I am glad I included her in this stage.
While she made her ‘diva lamps’ I was sitting at the other end of her table making a selection of diva lamps ready to bake.
As Little N is still so young she hasn’t quite got the control to manipulate materials like dough to create effects like the Diva lamps, but I knew she would really enjoy decorating and watching them all lit for Diwali.
I baked the lamps in the oven at 100 degrees for around an hour and a half.
You can wait for them to air dry but I dread to think how long you would be waiting for.
Once they were cooked I left them to cool down.
The following day we set about painting them.
Little N really enjoyed doing this, and even recalled what the lamps were called as I placed them down on the table ready to paint, in front of her. She swirled her brush around, covering the lamps with colorful paint! I helped a little too to make sure the paint covered the lamps all over.
She loved cleaning the brushes in the jug
“I’m helping Mommy,” she said.
“You’re doing a great job!” I replied.
“All done now, brush all clean” she added.
Here is how they looked as they were waiting to dry:
I left them to dry overnight.
The following day it was time to get lots of different colored glitter and sequins together ready to make the lamps even more attractive.
Little N is like a crow and loves anything that’s pretty and sparkles.
Together we covered the lamps in lots of see-through PVA glue and she began selecting the sequins and glitter as she wished to decorate the diva lamps.
Our Diva lamps were ready in time to light for Diwali!
– Fine motor skills
– Being creative
– Learning about different cultures and celebrations
– Working together
We will go on to learn about more cultures and celebrations. As Little N gets older I shall teach her more about what the celebrations mean and why they are celebrated. For now, we plan to keep things fun and simple.