How to Make Salt Dough

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Salt dough is a fun, easy-to-make recipe that can be formed, molded, cut and dried to make all sorts of figures. Use your imagination and don’t let the kids have all the fun!

Salt dough heart design.
Salt dough heart design. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 cup salt

  • ¾ to 1 cup water

  • Large mixing bowl

  • Strong mixing spoon

  • Baking sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Rolling pin

  • Airtight storage container
Measure your ingredients.
Measure your ingredients. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Mix Salt and Flour

Mix salt and flour together in large bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients.
Mix the dry ingredients. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Add Water and Mix

Gradually add water and mix together, until you have a good “doughy” consistency.

If it gets too watery add salt, then flour, until you have a firm dough ball.

Add water to salt and flour mixture.
Add water to salt and flour mixture. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Knead the Dough

Lightly dust a baking sheet or countertop with flour.

Place dough ball on your surface and continue to knead until the ball is smooth and there are no patches of dry mix.

Knead dough until well mixed.
Knead dough until well mixed. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Getting Crafty? Continue On...

If you plan to use the salt dough for crafts such as ornaments or other art projects, use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough to your desired thickness.

Roll out dough with a rolling pin.
Roll out dough with a rolling pin. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Get Creative

Have fun with your designs.

Use cookie cutters or hand sculpt your designs.
Use cookie cutters or hand sculpt your designs. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Baking Salt Dough

In a preheated oven of 200 degrees, place salt dough designs on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 2 to 3 hours until creations are dry.

You can also let them air dry until hardened, usually a week. This is best for smaller items.

Place any unused dough into airtight container.

After your creations have dried, you can paint and decorate them!

Bake or air dry creations until dry.
Bake or air dry creations until dry. (Image: Michele Andersen)

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