When I was a child, I made salt dough ornaments with my mom. I loved it. Today I decided to do it with my own kids. I am doing a giveaway with Kiwi Crates this week, and they have a great blog. I use the same ingredients they do for their recipe. They gave a great idea for salt dough gift tags that I hope you’ll check out.
Salt Dough Recipe
1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water
Mix the ingredients together. Knead the dough together. They did most of it, but I was able to bring it together in the end.
Roll salt dough to 1/4″ thickness and cut out your shapes. Bake at 250 for 2-3 hours.
Was the dough very hard to work with?
I think it turned out great when we were using cookie cutters. When I did the rough cut around the Santa hand, it ended up being a bit rough around the edges. It was really easy to make and roll out.
Yes, I found it quite hard to work with. It was far too sticky when I followed the recipe above: not only was it too soft to work with, but it would have stuck to any rolling pin known to man. I added a little extra flour until it was a play-doh consistency and then went on from there. I think I added about 2 tbsp of additional flour.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I haven’t had the same, but it’s great to get your tips if others experience the same thing. Adding a bit more floor to get the consistency you want is great advice. Thanks!
Did you paint it ornament before or after you baked it?
No, I painted it afterward. Let it dry completely and then paint. Thanks! Have fun!
Do u hvae to use greese prooth paper or do you just put it straight on the tray
I just put it straight on the tray. You could always bake them on parchment paper or a silicone baking mat if you are concerned. I do have non-stick pans. I hope that’s helpful!
Looks like a great craft activity, but I wondering is that 250 fahrenheit or celsius..?!!!
It’s fahrenheit. Have fun with it!
Did you use dry measuring for the salt and flour, then a liquid for the water? Or did you use alll dry measuring cups for the ingredients?
I used dry for the dry and liquid for the liquid. I know that’s how I was trained when I took home economics in Jr. High and also by my mom at home. Here’s an article I just found about it it: http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2012/01/tuesdays-tip-wet-vs-dry-measuring-cups/ – I hope that helps.
I loved this idea and I would like to know if this dough cracks or not? I need to do for my students but it cant be so fragile.. tks for sharing this! God bless you
Thanks so much for reaching out. I have done several project with this salt dough. You can click on this link to see some of them: https://meaningfulmama.com/?s=salt+dough – I have had a lot of luck. There can be some rough/cracked edges, but I just smooth it out before baking for best results. I think it works great, but pieces could break if dropped or mistreated. I hope that helps. Have fun with it!
i was just wondering…if I made these with my students in the afternoon and then took them home to bake them would they survive transporting them and a two hour wait to get them in the oven at my house (we don’t have an oven at school)? Thanks!
Yes, they should be just fine. Let me know how it goes. I hope you have a lot of fun with your projects.
Hi, what paint did you use to color your salt dough pieces? Is it kid friendly, in case my toddler manages to put it in her mouth (she’s teething)..
I just use acrylic craft paint. If you were to do that, I’d just be right close to make sure the paint doesn’t go into the mouth. I’m sure you could use edible paint markers…the kind you would use for drawing on fondant cakes (found in the cake section of a craft store). Here is a link I found to a post about homemade paint recipes that are OK for toddlers might be helpful as well: http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2013/03/homemade-paint-recipes-safe-for-babies.html. Have fun!
How many flowers does a batch make? We have 30 students.
Oh man. Those are the things I have to be better at keeping track of. I’m so sorry. I’m not sure. Will you report back if you do it so that I have the answer. I’ll definitely check back in if we do it again. Thanks! Have fun with those kiddos.
The dough was way too sticky to work with, it kept sticking to everything it came in contact with. I did add additional flour but still couldn’t complete the project, although I attached the leaves to it cutting it became a challenge. It did not cut neatly and kept sticking to the knives. I eventually gave up in frustration!
I’m so sorry for your experience. I’ve used this recipe multiple times, and I have never had a problem with it. I’m sad it led to so much frustration. It’s annoying when things don’t work out the way they are supposed to.
I just made this for my son’s footprint and when drying in the oven they puffed up and you can hardly see the entire footprint now. Have you had that happen or any ideas how to stop that from happening?
Mine don’t get that puffy. I have found that baking really varies depending on environment – altitude, climate, etc. I wonder if it’s just not a great recipe for where you live. I’m sorry it didn’t work out! Mine gets a bit puffier, but not too bad. Hope that helps.