How to Make Salt Dough Recipe?

BY ON Dec 9, 2012
How to make Salt dough recipe - super simple with printable recipe

Super easy salt dough recipe!!  Salt Dough is a wonderful product that is used to create crafts, sculptures and ornaments.  It is a simple recipe and can be easily made at home using 3 basic ingredients and then placed in the oven to dry out.


Click here to download and print: Printable Salt Dough Recipe


You will need?

How to make Salt Dough

1 cup salt

2 cups of flour

¾ cup of water


Salt dough christmas ornaments

Salt dough is great form making ornaments. How to make Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments?



  1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
  2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
  3. Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
  4. Make your creations using the salt dough.
  5. Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C. The amount of time needed to bake depends on the size and thickness of the salt dough creations.


salt dough rainbow

Salt Dough Rainbow: once it has been dried out and hardened, it can be painted to make a homemade toy for kids to play with.


Tips & Ideas:

  • Store your salt dough in an air tight container as it keeps well for a few days.
  • You can paint your creations with acrylic paints and seal with varnish or polyurethane spray.
  • Salt dough can also be aired dried and is an alternative to oven drying.
  • Involve the kids in making the salt dough as this encourages and promotes so many learning opportunities, plus it is so much fun!


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25 Responses to “How to Make Salt Dough Recipe?”

  1. julie says:

    Hi Janice, thank you for all your fabulous craft ideas!
    Just wondering: would you bake the creations before painting them?
    Do they shrink?

    • Janice says:

      Hi Julie….and Merry Christmas to you! :)
      With the salt dough, we painted them after putting baking them in the oven and they do shrink a little after baking. I will be posting about our salt dough ornaments tonight which will have more photos of before and after baking if this may help. :)

  2. Thanks for mentioning our salt dough keepsakes Janice! I love salt dough…it is just so easy and yet fun for all ages…can’t wait to see your finished masterpieces!

  3. Ali says:

    The girls have made some lovely Christmas decorations from salt dough, I think that varnish might make them last a long time. Thanks for the tip. We do have problems with humidity and sometimes our salt dough swells.

  4. unknown says:

    how much doess this recipie yeild?

  5. Nae peters says:

    Thanks for adding our Halloween salt dough in your list

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  12. Bradley says:

    This stuff is GRATE it’s like clay I’m making a volcano for a project

  13. Tess says:

    Hi! Do you bake it at 180 degrees Celsius or farenheid? I’m only asking because other recipes suggest as low as 50 degrees Celcius.

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    • janice Janice Davis says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment Trina! It is always nice to hear from my readers. I am so thrilled you have found us and are able to find something useful. Best wishes, Janice :)

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  20. Lilyan says:

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