Easy salt dough recipe: How to make salt dough?

Salt Dough Recipe- How to make salt dough and frequently asked questions

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If you and your kids love making crafts, you should definitely try out his salt dough recipe. Salt dough is great, it is easy to make and soft so the kids can play with it and let their imagination flow.
You can use the salt dough to make ornaments, perfect for your Christmas tree, but also jewelry, hand prints, frames and so much more.

How to make salt dough recipe?

Salt dough recipe ingredients

Salt Dough Recipe - What you will need
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water

Salt dough recipe method

  1. Add the salt and the flour to a bowl.
  2. Pour the water progressively and stir the mixture. You might not need all the water.
  3. Knead the mixture into a dough.
  4. Roll out the dough and get creative!
  5. Once your creations are made you will need to dry them.

Drying methods

Depending on your time constraint, you can choose one of these three drying methods for your salt dough recipe.

  • Air dry: This is the longest method as you will be leaving your salt dough creations to air dry. You can place them on a wax paper or on a grill and let them dry between 2 days to a week depending on their size.
  • Baking in the oven: Lay the salt dough creations on a baking sheet and place them in the oven for 2 to 3 hours on a low temperature (We set the temperature to a 100°C).
  • Zap them in the microwave: If you are in a rush, or have very impatient kids, you can zap your creations in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time (check your crafts frequently). It should take around 2 minutes to bake.
Salt Dough Recipe - Christmas ornamenents

We made all these crafts with half the dough.


Frequently asked questions about salt dough

How to make colored salt dough

There are different methods you can choose from.

If you want to use food coloring, simply add it to your water before mixing it with the flour and the salt. You might need to add more than usual as it will fade once dry.

If you prefer waiting until your salt dough creations are dry, then opt for some acrylic paint. It will not ruin or sink into your salt dough.

We have also used gold paint spray and it worked really well.

How to store your salt dough creations

If you made Christmas ornaments and want to store them for the next year, you can use a small plastic container, separate your ornaments with wax paper and add a small bag of silica gel. The silica gel is moisture absorbing and will help fight mold, mildew, corrosion and rust.

How to seal your salt dough crafts

For a chance of lasting crafts, you will need to seal them to avoid letting the moisture ruin them. 

You can use a waterbase sealer on both the top and the bottom of the crafts to help them last for years.

It is important to note that the sealing alone might not prevent moisture, you will also need to store them properly (see paragraph above).

What to make with a salt dough recipe

Salt dough ornaments

You can use cookie cutters to make the shapes you want. But do not forget to make a little hole in the dough before baking it.

We made some Salt dough ornaments with the kids and they had a lot of fun decorating them.

Salt Dough recipe - Make ornaments

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Salt dough handprints

Once you flattened your salt dough mix, ask your kid to press his hand (or his foot if you want to make footprints) into the dough.
Then cut the dough around the hand print and bake it, before decorating it as you want.

Salt dough frames

Once you flattened the dough, mark the inside of your frame with a ruler and cut out the inside of the dough with a sharp knife.
Then, using the ruler as a guide mark the outside of the frame and cut all the extra dough.
Carefully put the frame in the oven and bake it. 

Is salt dough toxic to dogs

Sadly, salt dough is toxic to dogs  and pets in general, and can even be lethal. Symptoms of salt poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, and “drunk” walking, as well as seizures, coma, or death.

So if you have a dog and are planning on making this salt dough recipe, make sure to keep your creations out of the reach of your dog.

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Check out this easy salt dough recipe and start crafting!

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