Turns out there’s an art to getting the most out of your oven. You’ve no doubt seen stunning cakes and mouth-watering desserts posted by creative bloggers all around the internet. There are a lot of talented people out there. But some bloggers have craftier ideas for their oven projects.
We’ve been looking into oven crafts and now we’re hooked. Here are some of our favourites.
Salt Dough Sculptures
Flour is the core ingredient of most baking recipes, but it turns out with the addition of a few more (also edible) ingredients it can be used for home decor projects too. Salt dough can moulded into all sorts of shapes like a bowl for your keys or a handmade candle holder. It just needs baking in the oven to harden it up.
Or you could do as Jenna Sue has done and make a beautiful sculpture to decorate your home.
- Vegetable oil
- Acrylic paints (for decoration)
Make your home look and smell amazing with a personal blend of spices and dried fruits. With a little help from your oven, you can make your own potpourri, so you never have to buy the overpriced stuff again.
How do you get your fruits perfectly dry for the blend we hear you ask? Julie Blanner has all the answers.
- Cinnamon sticks
- Star anise
Hand Painted Mugs
Artistic types can transform a plain boring mug into a colourful creation using the wonderful invention that is the Sharpie pen. You’ll need a certain kind of Sharpie, the oil-based paint pen, but as Jen demonstrates in her Something Turquoise blog, the results are amazing. Baked for the right amount of time in the oven the paint will stay permanently.
If you’re giving it a go, let your mug heat up and cool down in your oven. Sudden temperature changes can cause cracking.
- Plain porcelain or ceramic mugs
- Sharpie paint pens (oil-based)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton buds
- Cotton wool balls
We love crafty ideas and we especially love simple ones! Like this one right here.
Using just beads and a baking tray Jean, the Artful Parent, made beautiful suncatchers to hang in her garden.
- Translucent plastic beads
- Cake tin or muffin tin
Shrinking Crisp Packets
Now for an oven trick that was all the rage in the school playground: shrinking crisp packets! Plastic crisp bags can be turned into keyrings or even jewellery, by being shrunk down to a perfect miniature version in the oven, as Mum in the Mad House demonstrates.
You may want to wash your crisp packet out first to get rid of any crumbs or salt and vinegar smells. A quick rinse with warm water and a little washing-up liquid will do the trick.
- Crisp packets
- Baking tray
Credit: Mum in the Mad House
Planning to try one of these projects for yourself? They’d be perfect to make with a loved one to let you spend some quality time together. Let us know how you get on in the comments section below!
As ever, if your oven isn’t heating, your door seal is letting all the hot air out or your cooker is letting you down in any way at all we’ve got the spare part you need to fix it up again.