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How to: Make Salt Dough

Salt dough is inexpensive to make, and very adaptable, so it can be used for crafts with little ones as well as for fabulous looking grown up creations.

For a basic mix you will need:

– 1 cup of plain flour

– 1/2 cup of salt

– 1/2 cup of water

Simply mix all the ingredients together until they form a nice dough. If it is too wet add more flour and salt and if it doesn’t bind add a tiny bit more water. You can either use it straight away or wrap in clingfilm and store in your fridge for a few days.

You can model and shape the dough to your heart’s content, then either leave the dough to dry out at room temperature (this may take a few days depending on the thickness of the item), or place in a low temperate over for a couple of hours. You can then paint the hardened dough or leave it as it is.

If you want to seal your pieces, wait until they are completely dry then brush with a layer of diluted PVA glue or varnish.


There are plenty of ways you can alter the plain mix as well:

– Add some colour by adding food colouring or natural dies when you mix in the water.

– A touch of cinnamon in the mix will make Christmas ornaments smell lovely.

– Adding a little vegetable oil can make it smoother and easier to knead. Baby oil also works well and gives it a lovely smell!

– Lemon juice can be added a few drops at a time to help it dry into a harder form.

– Putting cream of tartar into the mix will help the dough stretch.


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