How to Make Salt Dough Into Fake Food

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Create fake food with simple and cheap-to-make salt dough. Then, bake or let the pretend food items air dry. Paint your creations with craft paint and make embellishments with felt scraps, construction paper or seeds for a realistic look.

Salt Dough Recipe

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon

Step 1

Mix salt and flour together in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2

Gradually add in the water and stir with the wooden spoon. Continue mixing until the dough forms.

Step 3

Lay the dough out on a floured surface and knead until it's fully combined and pliable.

Drying Salt Dough

Salt dough can either be air dried or baked in the oven. To bake it, preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay the dough pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Baking time varies depending on the size and thickness of the pieces. You'll know they've dried when they start to turn white in color. Check salt dough crafts every 10 minutes while they're baking, and don't allow the edges to brown.

Salt Dough Pizza

Things You'll Need

  • Salt dough
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Red craft paint
  • Craft paint brush
  • Felt scraps -- yellow, red, black, brown and green
  • Scissors

Step 1

Roll a ball of dough on a floured surface and flatten it into a circular shape. Roll it until the circle is approximately 1/4-inch thick.

Step 2

Use the plastic knife to cut out triangular "pizza slices."

Step 3

Bake the pizza slices. Remove them from the oven when done and let them cool completely.

Step 4

Paint the "sauce" on the pizza slices with red craft paint. Allow it to dry.

Step 5

Cut out "toppings" from craft felt. You can either glue the felt toppings to the pizza slices or leave them loose for children to top the slices over and over again as a game.

  • Cut curved green strips for peppers.
  • Cut red circles for pepperoni.
  • Make small yellow strips for cheese.
  • Cut out brown and black circles for mushrooms and olives.

Tip

  • Use construction paper if you don't have craft felt to make pizza embellishments.

Salt Dough Bakery Items

Things You'll Need

  • Salt dough
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Craft paints in red, yellow and black
  • Paint brushes
  • Clear craft glue
  • Clear, high-gloss varnish

Step 1

Mold the salt dough into various bakery items.

  • Make a cinnamon roll by rolling out a snake and making a spiral.
  • Make a loaf of french bread by making a long, hot dog roll shape and scoring diagonal slices across the top.
  • Make a pull-apart poppy seed roll by rolling five little balls. Place one ball in the middle and stick the other balls all around the sides.
  • Make a hamburger bun by rolling two balls. Flatten out one ball completely to be the bottom half of the bun. Flatten the bottom of the other to make the top of the bun.
  • Make donut rings.

Step 2

Bake the salt dough pieces.

Step 3

When cooled, paint the pieces in your colors of choice to look like pastries.

Tip

  • Glue real poppy seeds on pull-apart rolls and sesame seeds on hamburger buns with clear glue.

Step 4

As a finishing touch, coat pastry pieces with clear, high-gloss varnish to create a glaze look.

Salt Dough Cookies

Things You'll Need

  • Salt dough
  • Rolling pin
  • Flour
  • Cookie cutters
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Craft paint in various colors
  • Paint brushes
  • Glitter

Step 1

Roll out the dough onto a floured surface with a rolling pin.

Step 2

Cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutters.

Step 3

Bake the cookies.

Step 4

Decorate them to look like sugar cookies with craft paint and glitter.

Tip

  • To turn the cookies into hanging ornaments, poke a hole near the top with a chopstick before baking. After decorating, thread a piece of ribbon through the hole.

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