Super Easy Salt Dough Recipe for Kid Crafts or Ornaments

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Salt dough is a fun and easy craft material that can be used to create a wide variety of projects. Whether you’re making ornaments, jewelry, or just playing around with your creativity, salt dough is a versatile medium that’s perfect for all sorts of DIY projects. We’ll share an easy salt dough recipe that you can make at home with just a few simple ingredients.


Simple Ingredients for Salt Dough Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water

Easy Instruction for Salt Dough Recipe

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 200°F.

Step 2: In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt until well combined.

Step 3: Slowly add in the warm water, stirring continuously until the mixture forms a smooth dough. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water, and if it’s too wet, add a little more flour.

Step 4: Knead the dough for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

Step 5: Roll out the dough to the desired thickness, using a rolling pin or your hands. For ornaments, you’ll want the dough to be about 1/4 inch thick.

Step 6: Use cookie cutters or other shapes to cut out your desired shapes from the dough. You can also use a knife to cut out free-form shapes.

Step 7: If you want to make ornaments or other hanging decorations, use a straw to poke a small hole in the top of each shape.

Step 8: Place the shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven for 2-3 hours, or until the dough is completely dry and hard.

Step 9: Once the shapes are cool, you can paint them with acrylic paint or decorate them with markers or glitter glue.

Painting and Decorating Salt Dough

Painting salt dough is a fun and easy way to add color and personality to your creations. Once your salt dough shapes are fully dry and hard, you can paint them with acrylic paint, which is easy to find at any craft store. Make sure your paint is completely dry before adding a second coat or any additional decorations. You can use brushes of various sizes and types to create different textures and effects. If you want to add a glossy finish, you can use a clear acrylic spray to seal the paint and protect the surface. The possibilities for painting salt dough are endless, so feel free to experiment and let your creativity shine!

Salt dough is a great material for all kinds of DIY projects, and this easy recipe is perfect for beginners. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen tools, you can create all sorts of fun and creative projects that are sure to impress. So why not give it a try and see what you can come up with?

Age Suitability

This craft is good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up.

Mess Level

The mess level for this craft is low.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

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