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 knead 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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82 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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  7. ki ki says:

    you can also use the salt dough 6o make a volcano

  8. […] your own doughnuts.  If you’d prefer to produce something ornamental rather than edible, salt dough could be a viable option.  The baked final product will be hard and can be painted and decorated […]

  9. […] In my home we like to decorate the whole house with Easter egg ornaments, so that the Easter bunny knows exactly where to visit! […]

  10. […] These instructions have been taken from  […]

  11. […] There are lots and lots of salt dough recipes floating around the internet, but I’ve had success with the recipe from Learning4Kids. […]

  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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  15. Tristin says:

    Thank you for the insoshons

  16. […] Make Salt Dough– imprint cool objects, your feet, hands, […]

  17. Even though there are lots of Salt Dough recipes the best thing about this one is there are only 3 ingredients! Thanks for posting simple but super fun activities to do with the kids. I get a lot of great ideas off your website! Thanks Trina

    • 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:

    This was really helpful thanks 😃

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  23. Robyn says:

    I would like to know it I can use food coloring in the mix before baking it if I don’t have paint. Will this affect to processes?

    • janice Janice Davis says:

      Hi Robyn, I am pretty sure you will be able to add food coloring to the mix before baking it. Maybe add it to the water to keep all the quantities the same. Good luck and let me know how you go? Thanks :)

  24. Jackie says:

    How long does it take to air dry?

    • janice Janice Davis says:

      Hi Jackie, the time it takes to air dry will vary depending on the thickness of the figurines made with the salt dough. If the weather is hot and sunny, it will be quicker than on a wet rainy day. Hope this helps and thank you for your comment! :)

  25. Patricia says:

    What is the cook time plz Ivery never made this before ty

    • janice Janice Davis says:

      Hi Patricia, it is really hard to place a cooking time on these because it varies from oven to oven and also how thick or thin the salt dough creations are. I always place my oven on a low heating because we are only trying to dry out the salt dough not cook them. Good luck!

  26. […] minimum? A 4 AA battery pack. LED lights. Playdoh, or make your own homemade dough that contains salt.  The salt is key for […]

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  28. Laura Garcia says:

    What type of paint can I use to decorate them? I need them for two thing, one for writing names on it (Egypcian style) and the other one for Day of the Day “Skulls”. So the first one is very straight forward and black paint, but the second one need vibrant colors, what do you suggest?


  29. Ging says:

    Hi! Can I bake this in my toaster instead? I dont have an oven.

    Also, will try this with dough mixed with food coloring. Hope it turns out well as I will make it with my 33month old toddler.

    Thanks for this!

    • janice Janice Davis says:

      Hi Ging, the salt dough cannot be baked in the toaster. I would recommend air drying in he a sunny place for a couple of days if you do not have an oven. Adding food colouring is a great idea! Thanks.

  30. […] holiday celebration is in your future, make sure you practice what you preach! Homemade bookmarks, salt dough pendants, beaded bracelets and even painted rock pets provide fun, inexpensive and sugar-free treats! […]

  31. I made these last night with my puppy and had her paw print pushed into the salt dough and it turned out soooo dang adorable. Here’s a look at mine! I even zapped it in the microwave at the end to make the drying time quicker!

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  33. DEADPOOL says:

    This was really cool and was really helpful!

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  36. Mary Bricklin says:

    I remember making this stuff when was a kid. My sisters and I had a lot of fun with it. Though I remember when we were done with it, we’d stick it on the walls and ceiling of our room. I don’t think our parents had as much fun with it as we did.

  37. Erin says:

    Love this idea..just curious how much this recipe would make!

  38. alaa says:

    I love this recipe especially since you can dry the dough in the microwave!
    Here’s a look at mine salt dough handprints! I made a number of interesting ideas and beautiful

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  41. big sister says:

    Thanks so much!!! Had a great afternoon with my little sister.

  42. big sister says:

    Thanks so much!!! Had a great afternoon with my little sister.

  43. […] getting some money. She still made sure the boys had fun that evening, making dinosaurs out of salt-dough, and painting them with water colours, once they were hardened in the oven. They sat and watched […]

  44. […] the objects in to the dough and discuss texture, shape, and the imprint.  You can also make a salt dough and then bake the imprints to keep them as decorations for the […]

  45. Mommy redditch says:

    First time making salt dough with my youngest 2 kids who are 5 and 3 and its sooooo easy we can’t wait to get making ty so much

  46. […] are a million salt dough recipes floating around on the internet and it’s super easy to make Christmas decorations with them. […]

  47. kalei says:

    180c is 350f.

  48. Maile says:

    Hello Janis. I was wondering how long it normally takes to bake it. That would help a lot. Your viewer, Maile.

    • janice Janice Davis says:

      Hi Maile, the length of time it takes to bake really depends on the size and thickness of the objects made out of the salt dough. The thicker and larger salt dough items take longer to harden than smaller and thinner salt dough. Hope this helps, sorry! :)

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  54. A. Nance says:

    Good Morning,
    Are you able to put food coloring in the dough while making it for color?

  55. A. Nance says:

    Good Morning,
    Are you able to add food coloring to the dough while making it for color?
    Thank you

  56. lilly says:

    perfect, and helpful

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  58. Rebecca says:

    Hi! I’m just wondering how many cut outs this recipe would roughly make? I need a recipe for a class of 26 children!
    Thank you x

  59. Rebecca says:

    I am just wondering how many this recipe roughly cuts? I need to gather enough mixture for a class of 26 children!

    Thank you x

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  63. Kit says:

    Can you make the dough, then say put it in a container or ziplock bag leaving it at room temperature overnight. To roll out and cut out/cure the shapes the next morning?

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