How to make your own salt dough

Get crafty with this easy-to-make salt dough recipe, it's great for a rainy day activity, kids love this stuff!

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Salt dough is a wonderful thing that can be used to make kids arts, crafts and ornaments. Whether you're creating seasonal fun gifts and crafts, or DIY keepsakes and to engage the kids - it's a fun alternative to clay that can keep their creativity levels up all year round.

If you get your salt dough recipe perfect, you can use salt dough as an ornament, make it into a bowl or thread ribbon through it for a hanging decoration.

Salt dough is so versatile and makes an excellent model-making tool. You can add any colour you like and if you add spices to the ingredients, when the salt dough dries hard in the oven, it smells amazing when displayed for a long time afterwards.

Cheap cheerful and simple to make, salt dough only requires a few ingredients. If you're looking for things to do with kids it ideal because it's super easy to prepare and make.

Salt dough recipe:

Ingredients

  • Plain flour - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1 cup
  • Warm water - 1 cup
  • Food colouring
  • Shaped cookie cutters (optional)
  • Glaze/paint

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Method

1. Pre heat the oven to 140 C Add a few drops of your chosen colouring to the warm water. 2. Place the flour and salt in a bowl then pour in the, now colourful water in small amounts, 3. mixing as you go. It should turn into a slightly sticky dough, but not so sticky that it comes off on your fingers. If this happens you need to add some more flour to balance it out. 4. Once you have made the salt dough, roll out to a 1cm thickness - then cut any shape you like - either freehand or with shaped cookie cutters. 5. Next, lay the finished creations out on a baking sheet and pop in the oven on a low temperature, for around 3 hours. 6. Once cool they can be covered in mode lodge, glaze, painted or simply left as they are.

How to use your salt dough

 1. Make an imprint

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Memories fade, but always remember your tots tiny feet with a salt dough imprint - easy to do and so pretty!

2. Christmas ornaments

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Bring a little personalisation to your Christmas tree with these pretty and hanging stars.

 3.  Glitter salt dough

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Now you can put glitter in your salt dough because, well why not... Kids love glitter, right? Check out this cool glitter jars (opens in new tab) craft if you need any more proof that children just love sparkle!

4. Jewellery bowls

Get the kids to make something practical that mum can use! A pretty little dressing table reminder of your little ones' creativity.

Looking for a homemade food gift (opens in new tab) or craft to make with your kids? Why not make our very easy basic cupcake recipe at home and then let the kids try their hand at decorating them?

Jessica Dady
Jessica Dady

Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at Goodto.com and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.