Gluten-free Salt Dough:
Bring to barely a boil:
1 cup of water
Add 1 cup of salt
stir and dissolve for about a minute
(I couldn't get all of the salt to dissolve)
Pour salt and water over 1 cup of cornstarch
Add 1/4 cup of cold water
2 tbsp oil
Mix and kneed the clay like dough
If the dough is too wet and sticky, add more corn starch till it has a playdough consistency.
Sculpt into fruit shapes.
Use wet hands and dip chunks of clay in water as needed to keep it smooth.
Bake at 200 degrees. These took about 3 hours to dry all the way through, because the pieces were thick. Thin pieces would take much less time.
We used acrylic paint and I sealed the fruit outside with Glossy Mod Podge.
Note: I poked the top of the strawberries with a toothpick before baking, to have a place to stuff the felt stem. I cut the felt leaves in a star shape, following the pictures in the book. Then I made a slit in the middle of the star and pushed the stem through. I also used a toothpick to push the stem into the hole with glue after they were painted and sealed.