Salt Dough Recipe

Salt dough is an easy craft medium to work with and is kid-friendly (though they’ll need an adult for the final cooking stage.)

Here’s a simple recipe for salt dough:

* 1 cup of fine salt (or, for a more ‘rustic’ feel to the dough, use a coarse salt.)

* 2 cups of flour

* 3/4 to 1 cup of lukewarm water (more or less water may be needed depending upon the humidity)

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the water, a little at a time, and stir until a large ball has formed. Take the ball out of the bowl and knead it on a lightly floured surface. Continue to knead the mixture until you are satisfied with the texture.

If the dough is too tacky, add more flour/salt in the same proportions. Dry dough may require a little more water.

This recipe will create white dough that will keep for several days in a tightly closed plastic bag. You can color the dough by adding instant coffee, cocoa, or curry powder. Adding a drop of vanilla extract will produce a wonderful smell as well as act as a mold inhibitor.

Shaping your Salt Dough

Use cookie cutters, pizza cutters, rolling pins, or garlic presses to create the different shapes, patterns and design elements of your creations.  You can also make freehand designs by making the dough into ropes that can then be shaped into wreaths or braids. Roll the dough into balls of various sizes to create little animals, people, or abstract designs. The only limit you have is your artistic ability and your imagination.

You can even use salt dough to create wonderful, artsy jewelry if you want to. Be sure to place a hair pin or ornament hanger on any ornaments you intend to be displayed. If you’re making jewelry, poke a hole in the ornament before you bake it so you can put a piece of ribbon through it.

Cook it!

After you’ve modeled the dough into the shape you want, place each item on a lined baking sheet and bake it at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 1/2 hour. Allow to dry for two days on a baking rack. Or you can  place them on a microwave safe plate and microwave them in one to two minute increments on high or until they appear dry.

More ideas:

Salt Dough Fun (More ideas for kids.)
Dough Folk Art: How to Make Beautiful and Lasting Objects from Flour, Salt, and Water – Beautiful ideas.