Crafts for Kids

Published on May 30th, 2010 | by Julie Finn


Crafty in the Kitchen: How to Make Salt Dough

Salt Dough Christmas Ornament

Salt dough is one of those crafts that is begging to be reclaimed by the indie crafter. Traditionally the provenance of children or the unironically countrified, salt dough has been used to make so many kindergarten turtles and faux braids of onions that it’s ready for a makeover.

Fortunately, salt dough is also an oven-baked clay that is made of natural materials (unlike FIMO or other plastic clays), which makes it a green craft for children or adults. Here’s how to make it and use it:

You will need:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3+ cups white flour. It’s nice to use organic flour even though you won’t be eating this dough, because pesticide usage is also an environmental issue and a concern to farm worker health.
  • oven preheated to 200 degrees

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine one cup salt and one cup of water until the salt has dissolved.

2. Gradually stir in at least 3 cups of flour. To make a stiffer dough that has more structural integrity for three-dimensional sculptures, you can gradually mix in even more flour, as much as the dough will hold without becoming crumbly.

If you accidentally make your dough crumbly, add in a little more salt water at a 1:1 ratio. If your dough is just too sticky, add in a little more white flour.

3. Sculpt your salt dough into whatever shapes you like, putting each finished sculpture on a baking sheet.

4. Bake your salt dough sculptures in a 200-degree oven for at least two hours, and until the sculpture is completely dry. Thicker sculptures will take significantly more time to dry than flat ones.

Okay, you can let your little kid make a salt dough turtle while you make a faux onion braid if you REALLY want, but personally, I’m waiting to see your first salt dough Mario.

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

One Response to Crafty in the Kitchen: How to Make Salt Dough

  1. Kristina says:

    Yeah! We have some in the oven right now. Our barbie house needed some furniture…

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