They are sealed with a glittery varnish. I probably should have used a couple more coats but I ran out of time. The eyes and buttons are little balls of dough that baked in place and then painted with dark purple for raisins. I painted on highlights and white icing. Then I added snowy glitter to their heads, shoulders and feet.
The ribbon was from Michael's and was exactly what I was looking for.
And I made a few extra for a kitchen wreath. I used a wooden embroidery hoop for the base, which I wrapped with the red ribbon. I hot glued the little guys and the fake greens to the hoop. I'd found the rolling pin in Target a couple of years ago for a dollar. You never know when you'll need a miniature rolling pin. I was hoping they'd have a cinnamon fragrance but they don't. The recipe only called for 5 teaspoons of cinnamon and I think the purpose of that was to color the dough.
Here's the recipe for the Salt Dough:
1 Cup salt
5 teaspoons cinnamon
2 Cups flour
3/4 - 1 cup water
Knead until smooth. Chill 30 minutes. Bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours until dry at 325 degrees.