How to make salt dough

Follow our simple instructions on how to make salt dough. Salt dough is cheap and easy to make using everyday ingredients and such an easy material to craft with. We LOVE using salt dough to make keepsakes and any creations will last for years once sealed. Follow the simple salt dough recipe below that we use for all our salt dough crafts. 

How to make salt dough recipe.  Simple printable recipe and salt dough craft ideas for kids.

Scroll down to see all our salt dough creations.  Click on the images for full instructions. 



Colouring salt dough


You can colour salt dough before you make your creations by adding paint, food colouring or natural spices to your salt dough mixture. Click here for more information. (TIP: add lots of colouring as the salt dough will fade a little once dry). 

Alternatively you can wait for your creations to dry out and then paint them using acrylic paint (UK affiliate link/ US affiliate link). 


Drying out salt dough


Leave the salt dough to dry in a warm room for a couple of days or put it in the oven at a low temperature (I turn the oven to 150 degrees to avoid any burning) for a couple of hours.  Thicker models may take longer. Turning your creations over every now and again can speed up the drying process. 


Sealing salt dough

You must seal salt dough (on the front and back) if you want it to last. We use Mod Podge all in one sealer glue and finish (UK affiliate link) (US affiliate link) to varnish and preserve our salt dough. Once sealed your salt dough creations should last for years. 



KEEP SALT DOUGH AWAY FROM DOGS AS IT IS DANGEROUS FOR THEM IF EATEN. 






Take a look at some of our salt dough creations (click on the images for instructions): 
 



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  1. how long does salt dough last

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    1. My sister made a salt dough ornament in girl scouts almost 40 years ago! I want to just add something from our experience, take very good care of them, they're fragile:) hers has just the head of a angel on it lol ��

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  3. Unless the mice find them!

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  4. How many handprints can you make out of 1 batch?

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    1. i made 3 sets of hands and 3 feet

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    2. This recipe yielded 6 hands and 3 feet ornaments?

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  6. I am going to try this out this week end with my 5 year old granddaughter

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  7. Did you know what other kind of sealing can i use, because in my country doesn't sell mod podge....

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    1. Any clear varnish would work (or even a layer of glue). Its just to stop moisture getting into the salt dough and ruining it.

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  8. Am I adding warm or hot tap water or boiling water?

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  9. Just cold water, it doesn't need to be warmed up.

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  10. Do you seal before or after you paint the salt dough?

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  11. How many christmas tree ornaments does this salt dough recipe make?

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