How to Make Dough Flowers


Create your own salt dough flowers at home and use them for magnets, jewelry, gift baskets and ornaments. Once you master the recipe, you can make these decorative items using a variety of techniques, including hand sculpting. Best of all, you will only be limited by what you can imagine. This recipe is simple, fun, and will provide you with enough dough for several flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • Water
  • Plastic bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutter
  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven
  • Paint and paintbrushes
  • Mix 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water and 2 cups of all-purpose flour in a bowl. When it gets too hard to mix with a spoon, use your hands to knead the dough.

  • Place the dough in a plastic bag to retain moisture.

  • Put down flour or wax paper onto the work surface. Otherwise, the dough will stick.

  • Pull a baseball-sized handful of dough out of the bag and roll it out on the work surface using a rolling pin. The dough should be approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

  • Use flower-shaped cookie cutters to cut the dough. If you do not have flower cookie cutters, use a glass to cut the dough into circles. Then use a knife to cut petal shapes out of those circles.

  • Bake the dough in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit until the dough is hard and solid. This should take approximately 30 minutes for 1/4-inch thick dough and 60 minutes for 1/2-inch thick dough. Check the dough regularly.

  • Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and allow the dough to cool completely. Paint the flowers using acrylic paints and use them to hang on the walls or glue magnets to the backs.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more advanced technique, sculpt three-dimensional flowers using your hands and sculpting tools instead of cutting flat flower shapes out of rolled flat dough.

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