Amazingly Easy Salt Dough Recipe

Amazingly Easy Salt Dough Recipe

If you have children, you will have come across salt dough at some point in your life. This versatile modelling dough can be used to create long-lasting sculptures that are gently baked in the oven to set it solid. Here is an amazingly easy salt dough recipe to get you started.

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What Can You Do With Salt Dough?

Salt dough is a fantastic resource for children to use as it is easy to work with and allows them to experience different textures. It can be used to create:

  • Keepsakes such as baby hand or footprints.
  • Seasonal decorations like Christmas or Halloween ornaments.
  • Gifts such as trinket bowls.
  • Ornaments.
  • Models.

Once baked and cooled it can be painted and decorated so it really does provide a great deal of entertainment.

What do I need?

To make the salt dough you need just a few pieces of equipment and a few simple ingredients. The equipment you need is a mixing bowl, measuring jug, spoon, scales, rolling pin, cutters and a baking tray.

The ingredients are just table salt, plain flour and water. That’s it! What could be more simple?

How do I make salt dough?

To make the salt dough you simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until it forms a smooth dough. Next, you roll out the dough to the required thickness and cut or shame as desired. Once shaped you just bake in the oven at the lowest temperature for approximately three hours or until solid. You may need to adjust the time depending on the thickness of your creations.

Once it is fully decorated, it’s best to seal it with something like Modge Podge to ensure that it lasts for years. If you don’t seal it then it may get damp and then it will be ruined.

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Easy Salt Dough

An easy to make salt dough recipe. Great for making gifts, keepsakes and seasonal decorations.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooking Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Non Edible
Cuisine Non Edible


  • Baking Tray
  • Bowl
  • Scales
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Jug
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cutters


  • 125 g Table Salt
  • 250 g Plain Flour
  • 125 ml Water


  • Preheat the oven to it's lowest setting.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Knead the mixture together to form a smooth dough.
  • Shape as desired.
  • Spread out on a baking tray then bake on the lowest temperature for approximately 3 hours or intil solid.
  • Leave to cool.
  • Once cooled, paint and decorate as desired.
Keyword Christmas, Craft

Salt dough is a brilliant activity for a rainy day, you can see more rainy day activities here.

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