Salt Dough Recipe

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Use this simple recipe to help your littles mix together their own salt dough from every day household ingredients found in the kitchen, and create the perfect keepsakes. Great for making Christmas ornaments or gifts!


3Materials You’ll Need

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Table Salt
  • ½ Cup Water
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Wax Paper
  • Toothpick
  • Oven (*Parental Assistance)



Step 1: Mix Ingredients


Start by measuring and pouring each ingredient into separate containers. You’ll need:  1 cup of Flour, 1 cup of Table Salt, and ½ cup of water. Add food coloring directly to the water for different colored dough, or make your mold without food coloring and let the kids paint their white molds when dry. The more food coloring you add to the water, the more vibrant the color will appear when mixed into the dough.


When you are ready to begin, allow your child to combine their ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix everything up with their hands. Mix the water in slowly, as you may not need it all and you don’t want the mixture to be too sticky. Add small pinches of flour (if need be) for a smoother dough. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes to ensure proper consistency.



Step 2: Make Mold

5Rub some flour on your hands and sprinkle some on the table before rolling out your dough. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick, you can use a rolling pin that has also been dusted with flour to make it easier. Have your little one press their hand into the dough and gentle left their hand up. It may take a few tries to get their hand print just right, but the nice thing about this dough is it is slow drying so you can take your time. Once you are satisfied, use a pizza cutter to cut a clean circle around your child’s hand print.


You can also roll out your dough on a flour-ed surface and cut out as many shapes as you want using cookie cutters.  If you find transferring the ready-to-bake dough from the table to a baking sheet to difficult, you can have your child make their salt dough creations directly onto an un-greased baking sheet.




Step 3: Bake, Cool, & Display

6Use a toothpick to carefully write your child’s name in the middle of their hand print and add a hole towards the top in order to string a ribbon through the finished mold to hang and display. Place a piece of wax paper on your baking sheet before putting your salt dough mold down and pre-heat your oven to 250°F or 120ºC . Bake the salt dough molds for 2 hours or until it is hard. Remove from the oven and allow to cool (parental assistance).


Although I suggest to bake your salt dough molds at a low heat so they don’t burn and to speed up the time it takes to harden, you can also air dry your molds for a no-bake process. Depending on the thickness of the dough, air-drying will take anywhere from 1 to 5 days.


Left over salt dough will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Have you created your own salt dough molds using this recipe? Leave a comment below or send us a picture and we’ll add it to our Facebook Gallery!





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