Salt-Dough Creations – A Fun Craft for All Ages

This craft is so much fun for kids of all ages.  My 2 year old was actively involved in making the dough, cutting the shapes, and painting.  The best part about this craft is that you probably have all the necessary items on hand AND they are very inexpensive.  The only limit to what you can do with salt-dough is your imagination. Think jewelry, beads, wands, ornaments, etc.  So let’s get started!

2 c all purpose flour
1 c salt
3/4 -1 c lukewarm water

Combine flour and salt.  Slowly add in the water until the dough is nice and firm.  Only add water until the dough comes together.  Knead the dough for about 10 minutes (recruit kids if needed).  Let the dough rest for 40 minutes before rolling out.   

When the dough is ready, roll out to ¼ inch thick on a smooth surface. 
 – Add flour to dough or rolling pin if the dough is too sticky.  
 – Unused dough can be stored in an air-tight container or plastic bag for up to five days.

Cut out your desired shapes using any tools you want (knife, cookie cutters, biscuit cutter, templates, etc.)  After cutting out your desired shape you can poke holes or draw lines on the dough to decorate your shapes. 

Optional: Poke a hole at the base of your shape.  After cooking, use a little glue on the end of the stick and insert it into your shape to create a wand.  To make ornaments or beads, poke a hole through your shape so that you can loop ribbon or string through after decorating.

Place cut shapes on greaseproof paper (parchment paper) on a baking sheet.  Heat oven to 250 degrees and bake for 4-6 hours or until the dough is hard and dried out.  Flip shapes during cooking to keep them flat.  Check both sides of the shape for hardness.  Shapes need to cool completely prior to decorating.


Air Dry Option:  Place tray of cut shapes outside to dry.  This took me four days to get them hard enough but it’s free!

The next step is decorating.  You can use virtually anything: poster paints, water paints, acrylic paint, beads, glitter, glue, and any other doo-dads you want to adhere to the salt-dough formations.

Let your decorations dry and tada – your works of art are finished!

Stay tuned for Christmas Crafts with Salt-Dough – lots of fun I promise!

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  1. I remember making ornaments with this recipe. We would make them as teacher gifts and more for our tree!

    Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I’m your newest follower and look forward to reading more ways to save and craft!

    ~ Ellen

  2. I can’t wait to make these with our kids to send as Christmas gifts! This is such a cool idea! Thank you thank you thank you!

  3. @Skye
    I’m so glad you liked these Skye! I’m going to have lots of Christmas Craft posts coming up too so keep on the look out for more fun:)

  4. You are right… this looks fun for all ages! I want to craft with you! I am a new follower and would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at

    I look forward to blogging with you!

  5. I gotta try this! Thanks so much for sharing. If I do this with my kids I’ll link back to you, maria

  6. Love this!!! Can’t wait to try this out with my little ones. Used to do it when i was little too, but couldn’t remember how.

    Would love it if you could share this post at Serenity Saturday over at


  7. Just found our Christmas ornament idea! So cute. Thanks for sharing :-)

  8. MomOnTimeout says:

    I’m glad to help:) Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Erin of says:

    Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday this week. I hope you will party again tomorrow!

  10. I really want to use salt dough with my girls – I know they would enjoy it especially my 4yr old. So lovely!

    would love for you to link up to the Sunday Showcase (open thru Thursday)


  11. MomOnTimeout says:

    Thanks for stopping by Bernadette! I will definitely link up this coming week. I love your site – I’m a new follower :)

  12. Laura Schwietz says:

    What a fun project! I’d love for you to stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I’m your newest follower!

  13. Fun idea. My kids made some salt dough ornaments for family last year and had so much fun. But we didn’t know to flip them during cooking to keep them flat… some of ours bubbled up a bit. Thanks for sharing!

  14. MomOnTimeout says:

    Salt dough is so versatile! There are just so many projects you can do with it. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Kory Rigler says:

    Love it, thanks! Thinking my bug might make christmas ornaments for family…

  16. MomOnTimeout says:

    I’ve got some great ideas for Salt Dough Christmas Crafts coming up so stay tuned…

  17. It has been too long since i have made any salt dough for my kids! I think I have some leaf shaped cookie cutters that would be great for fall ones!

    Thanks for linking up at my party. I feel like the new kid at school…worried no one would play with me so thanks for playing!

  18. MomOnTimeout says:

    Of course! And I was thinking the same thing about the leaves except I don’t have any leaf cutters! I was trying to figure out if I had enough skill to just cut the shapes out by hand ;) I know I’ve got pumpkin shaped cutters somewhere…

  19. I remember making that in school.. I would love to make that with my kids. Ornaments here we come!

  20. Classifiedmom1 says:

    We love doing these around Christmas time! Thank you for sharing and linking up to The Sunday Showcase!

  21. It’s been a long time since I’ve done these. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  22. These look so fun and so easy! I’m always looking for this kind of thing to do with my son. Thanks for sharing! I’d love for you to link up here:

  23. Oh wow this is fun and does seem easy, now if only we can add more sugar and milk so we can eat them afterwards! I used to be a baker but I started my own import export goods selling online and I realized it makes more money and I have more time for my family.

  24. I had no idea you could air-dry these instead of baking. That’s a great option! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  25. I used to do salt dough stuff when I was a kid. I really need to do this!

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