Salt Dough for Simple Fun

With Christmas fast approaching and plenty to do this time of year, I am always on the lookout for super simple gift and craft ideas for my kids. That’s why I was so happy to rediscover Salt dough today!  There are dozens of recipes for salt dough online, but here is a simple, quick recipe that worked well for us.  I made a large batch that was enough to make two small handprints, two medium (7 year old) handprints, and a couple of medium hearts.  I had a blast making these with my seven-year-old and two-year-old today.

  • 2- 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 cups salt
  • About 1 1/2 cups water (start with 1/2 cup and add slowly)
  • Optional additions: sparkles, food coloring, etc
  1. Mix together salt, flour, and any dry addition such as sparkles.
  2. Slowly add water, starting with a 1/2 cup and slowly adding more until you get to a dough that is not too sticky to work with. 
  3. Mix well with your hands. Add more flour if it is too sticky, or more water if it is too stiff to work with or falling apart.
  4. Roll out to a little more than 1/4 inch thick for handprints, thinner for ornaments, or form shapes, bowls, etc out of the dough
  5. If you want to, use a toothpick to write into the dough (I like to label handprints with names and dates for example).  If you want to be able to hang up the things you make, you will need to use a pen or something to make a nice sized hole at this point.
  6. Bake at 200° F for 1-4 hours, until dry.
  7. To decorate further, you can color with crayons while the dough creations are still hot, paint, or just coat with a clear sealant or modpodge.

Happy creating!

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2 Responses to Salt Dough for Simple Fun

  1. kelleysdiy says:

    I did this over 40 years ago. I used cookie cutters and put a toothpick through the top so when baked..I would have a hole to hang the ornaments. I still have them…great memories. Your children are adorable!

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