How to... make salt dough!

January 15, 2015

Making salt dough couldn’t be easier with our simple how to make salt dough recipe!

Crafting with salt dough is great activity for kids to get stuck into without there being a ton of mess for you to clear up afterwards. You can make a number of great crafts with salt dough, including ornaments, handprint and footprint keepsakes and special gifts for the important people in your life.

What you’ll need:
• 300g of salt
• 240ml of water
• 240g of flour
• Rolling pin
• Cookie cutters
• PVA glue or clear varnish, brush
• Optional: Glitter, paint, paintbrush, ribbon

1. Mix together the salt and flour. Gradually add the water to the mixture. Stop adding water to the mixture when it becomes dough-like. If your dough is too sticky and wet, add more flour until it forms a non-sticky dough, and add more water if your dough is too dry.

2. Work and knead your salt dough until it becomes stretchy and workable. Roll out the dough and use the cookie cutters to make any shape you like. The great advantage of salt dough is that you can make anything and if it goes wrong, it doesn’t matter, you can simply start again! Don’t forget to make a whole in your ornament if you want to hang it after you’ve finished.

3. Place all of your salt dough creations on a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray. Cook on a low heat – we suggest 100ºC for three hours until the salt dough is hard. Cooking times may vary due to thickness of the salt dough and depending on ovens, so make sure your check back regularly.

4. Once out of the oven and completely cooled, they’re ready to paint! We suggest using a good acrylic paint as the colours will be more vivid and the paint sticks to the salt dough well. At this point, you can also glue on glitter and other embellishments such as gems and buttons.

5. Painted salt dough crafts should be sealed with a clear varnish or PVA glue to make them last longer. Add a colourful ribbon if you have made a beautiful ornament, ready to be hung up for all to see, or a place in a gift box to give to someone special.

Top tips
• If you want to make coloured salt dough, add food colouring to the water before it’s added to the flour and salt mixture.
• Your salt dough mixture can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.
• Add cinnamon or nutmeg to your flour to create sweet-smelling dough.

Make sure you check out our Salt Dough Pinterest board for extra ideas!

Follow Miles Kelly Publishing's board Salt Dough Super Fun! on Pinterest.

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