Salt Dough is one of our favorite materials as it is so versatile – and can be used for making so many different things!
It is especially great to use with Kids Crafts – as it is cheap, it is easy to roll and shape – the texture is soft, unlike some clay types – so perfect for little hands to mould!
The important thing to note when making salt dough is this: if you want your item to last – more than a few weeks, it needs to be sealed. Salt dough will absorb moisture from the air around it and anything you have made will turn soggy and eventually fall to pieces, even in dry climates!
When I make salt dough anything, I dry it out completely and then paint it with acrylic paints.
Once the paint is dry I use a sealer – like this one. I seal it twice!
How to make Salt Dough…
- ½ cup plain flour
- ½ cup salt
- ¼ cup water
- Mix these ingredients together until dough forms. The dough should feel like bread dough, not to sticky, and not crumbly dry.
Salt dough dries on it’s own in a few days (3 or so) but if you are impatient – like us – you can bake them in the oven for about 3 hours at 100ºC / 212°F