It’s easy to learn how to make salt dough, this 3 ingredient, inexpensive homemade play dough is perfect for crafting with the kids!
Making salt dough takes just minutes and it’s an easy way to keep the kids busy. Put them to work making ornaments, garlands, or anything they can imagine!
Salt Dough Ingredients
- 1 cup of salt
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup lukewarm water
Simply combine the flour, salt, water and knead until it reaches a Play-doh-like consistency. If the dough is sticky, ass more flour a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
How to Dry Salt Dough
You have two options when it comes to drying (and hardening) your salt dough, you can bake it in the oven or let it air dry naturally.
Baking the salt dough at 350 degrees Fahrenheit is the fastest way to dry the dough. The amount of time to bake would depend on the thickness of your creation, usually between 45 minutes to 2 hours. The drawback for some with baking is that it will brown the dough.
If you have patience and want your salt dough creation to stay bright white, simply allow it to air dry over the course of a day or two.
Decorating Salt Dough
You can use acrylic craft paint or mod podge to decorate your salt dough, or simply leave them bare.
This post has been updated for clarity, the original blog post from October 2012 is below:
I love making salt dough ornaments with my boys around the holidays. Each year we make an ornament with their handprint for the tree. It’s easy and they enjoy it so much. This year I was inspired by my blogging friend Courtenay over at The Creek Line House to make some salt dough ornaments to decorate for Autumn. She did it with her daughter a few weeks ago and I loved the idea. Then, when shopping for my World Market DIY Pillows, I saw these adorable miniature cookie cutters and I knew they would be perfect for using with salt dough!
Basic Salt Dough Recipe
1 cup of salt
2 cups of flour
1 cup lukewarm water
Mix the salt and flour then add the water and mix. If it is still sticky add more flour until it is a nice, Playdoh like consistency. Knead the dough for a good five minutes or so until it is nice and smooth, then roll out and cut with your cookie cutters!
You can let your dough air dry overnight to harden or you can bake it at 350 degrees…I bake mine because I like the warm brown color the dough turns when baked (it will dry white if you let it air dry.) Dpeending on how thick your ornaments are you will bake for 45 minutes-2 hours. Just keep an eye on them. Mine took about an hour to finish.
After the ornaments were cool I added a layer of Mod Podge Gold Dimensional Magic for a glittery sheen. You could also paint them with acrylic paints depending on “the look” you were going for. I then hung them with twine, using a dab of hot glue onthe back of each ornament to keep it facing forward on the garland.
Do you ever make salt dough ornaments? Did you make them as a child?