Salt Dough Recipes, Ornaments & Crafts

For hundreds of years salt dough has been used to make crafty ornaments and decorations since it’s relatively inexpensive, uses common household ingredients and the finished items can last for years. The dough is typically made with a basic mix of flour, salt and water and pieces are either shaped by hand or rolled out and cut with cookie cutters. They can be baked in a low oven or left to air dry for a few days.

Here are a handful of different recipes you can try along with assorted projects and tutorials to get your creative juices flowing (tutorials also contain recipes).

Make Figurines, Ornaments & Other Crafty Projects
Make Figurines, Ornaments & Other Crafty Projects

Directions: Mix dry ingredients together then add the water. Knead for approximately 10 minutes to form a stiff ball of dough. If the dough is sticky or the ball spreads as it rests, add more flour. If it’s too crumbly, add a spoonful of water at a time until the right consistency is achieved. After shaping dough into crafts, allow them to set for a day before baking.

To Bake: You can allow dough to air-dry for a few days or bake on a cookie sheet in a slow oven (200°F) for several hours until done (they will sound light when tapped). Remove from oven and allow to cool before handling.

Recipe #1

1 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup salt


3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
2/3 cup salt
2/3 cup water


1 cup table salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water


3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
1 1/2 cups water


Directions: This one’s a little different than the others, mix all ingredients together minus the flour, then slowly incorporate flour (mixing well each time). Knead dough until it’s smooth.

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Storage Tip: If you don’t use all the dough in one sitting, wrap it well with plastic or place in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator (will keep for a couple days).

Adding Color: Mix food coloring with the water before adding to dry ingredients. You can also add food coloring once the dough has been kneaded and is of the right consistency, add a few drops of food coloring until you reach the shade of choice.

Making Magnets: Dough is shaped, dried and painted as you like then magnets are glued on the back.

Faux Gingerbread: Drops of yellow, red and green food coloring are used to tint dough. Cut ornaments then decorate with glitter and puff paint.
Red Ink Decoration: After cutting dough into desired shapes, decorate with a red pen.

Nautical Decorations: Shape dough into seashells, starfish and other nautical creatures, finish by painting pieces with white emulsion.

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