How to Make Salt Dough

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. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Things You'll Need

Measure your ingredients. (Image: Michele Andersen)
  • 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

Mix Salt and Flour

Mix the dry ingredients. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Mix salt and flour together in large bowl.

Add Water and Mix

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

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.

Knead the Dough

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

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.

Getting Crafty? Continue On...

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

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.

Get Creative

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

Have fun with your designs.

Baking Salt Dough

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

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!

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