Salt Dough Recipe

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Salt dough is a really simple and cheap way to make decorations and ornaments with your kids. All you need is a couple of store-cupboard ingredients and you’re good to go.

You will need:
1.5 cups plain flour
1.5 cups salt
Approx 250ml water

Flour, salt and water ready on a table.

1. Add the flour and salt to a bowl and mix together.
2. Gradually add the water (you may not need it all), stirring all the time, until your dough comes together to form a ball. It should not be sticky.
3. Turn out the dough on to a floured surface and knead – or just let the kids have fun squishing and prodding!

Ball of dough on a floured surface.
4. Flour your rolling pin to prevent sticking, then roll the dough out to your desired thickness – around 5mm is about right.
5. Using cutters, cut out the shapes you want and place on the baking tray. If you want to hang your decorations, make a small hole for ribbon using the end of a straw.
6. Place on a lined baking tray and put in the oven at 100°C for three hours until hardened. The idea here is to speed up the drying process rather than bake them, so you don’t want the oven too hot. I tend to turn the decorations over half way through cooking.

Cut egg-shapes ready on a baking tray.
7. Paint with acrylic paint and varnish with PVA glue.

Have fun! I’d love to see your creations, so feel free to tag me in any pics on Twitter or Instagram!

3 Comment

  1. Jaki says: Reply

    I really should do something like this some day. I’m sure the little man would love it #friayay

  2. Sarah says: Reply

    Fantastic!!! I used to play with salt dough as a child, but Ive never made any for my little ones. I definitely will be doing this next week!

  3. laura says: Reply

    I’ve not made this for ages but absolutely love it!! Bet they will look great painted xx #friyaylinky

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