Salt Dough Recipe
This is a fun craft you can do with your children. Be sure to personalize the ornaments – write the creator’s name and the date on the ornament with a fine tip permanent marker before sealing.
What you will need
Ingredients for Salt Dough
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups warm water
- Food coloring (optional)
- Cinnamon, powdered (optional)
- Cloves, powdered (optional)
- Ginger, powdered (optional)
Other Things You Will Need
- Cookie cutters (outline cutters are the easiest to use, but I have with good results using impression cutters) or cookie presses
- Baking sheet
- Acrylic paint and paint brushes
- Clear acrylic spray/sealer (matte or shiny, your choice)
- Paper clips or wire ornament hangers
- Any decorations to add to finished product (ex: ribbon, coarse glitter, pompoms, dried flowers, fake greenery, 3D glitter glue etc.)
- Old fashioned clothespins
- Garlic press
- Rolling pin or unopened soda cans
- Craft glue
- Rotary cutter
- Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
- Dissolve salt in warm water. Then add flour. To make colored dough add food coloring before adding flour. To make gingerbread men add 1/4 cup cinnamon and a Tbsp. of cloves and ginger before adding flour. Add more cinnamon until you get the desired color of doug. May also add gingerbread potpourri oil for additional smell. Do not use a sealant uf you wish to have the gingerbread smell!.
- Knead dough well. Should be of about the same consistency as sugar cookie dough.
- Make ornaments – see instructions below.
- Place on baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes at a round until ornaments are hard – usually 3 to 5 cycles. This process will take longer if you have free-formed shapes thicker than 1/4 inch. Be sure ornaments are thoroughly dry. Stick a toothpick or nut pick into the back of the ornament; if it goes in, continue baking.
- Cool and then paint with acrylic paints or decorate.
- Mix glue with acrylic paint to make “frosting” for the sugar cookie look. You may need two or more coats.
- Coat lightly with craft glue and then sprinkle with loose very coarse glitter to “mimic” sugar sprinkles.
- After ornaments are thoroughly dry (let them dry overnight), spray them with clear gloss/satin enamel or multi-purpose sealer spray.
- Cut-out Cookies:
- Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface. If using impression cutters – roll the dough out a little thicker. The kids may use the unopened soda cans as rolling pins (flour them first).
- Flour the surface of rolled out dough (sprinkle flour on surface then spread out with your hands). This will keep the cutters from sticking.
- Flour cookie cutters.
- Cut out dough with cookie cutters.
- Free-form Designs: Use dough as molding clay to free-form your own design or to mold attachments for cookie cutter shapes. When making very thick (over ½ inch thick) items allow extra baking time.
- Tin solider (use an old fashioned clothes pin for the legs).
- Attachments: Use dough as molding clay to mold attachments.
- Add holly berries to a wreath.
- Add “coal” eyes & buttons and a carrot nose. to a snowman.
- Use the garlic press to make hair or wool.
- Add wool to a sheep (either cut out or free formed).
- Add hair to an angel or a beard to Santa.
- To attach pieces wet the dough and the attachment, then press together and hold together for 15 seconds. Do not move until water dries (place on baking sheet before adding attachments).
- Decorative Edging: Use the rotary cutter to edge the “cookies” with a crimped edge.
- Hangers: Pull open paper clips and break in half to make two hangers or use an ornament hanger to create a hanger for the ornament. Insert into the dough BEFORE baking or hot glue to the back when ornament is finished. May also use ribbon as a hanger. Or punch a hole in the dough at least ¼ inch from the border with a straw before baking and then use ribbon or twine as a hanger.
- Store in a temperature controlled climate, individually wrapped with tissue paper and these will last for years. I still have some I made in 1987 and they are in great shape.
- These may be made for any occasion. Make hearts for a Valentine’s Day tree. Spray paint a branch with lots of smaller branches white, let it dry, place in a flowerpot filled with rocks and hang hearts from the branches.
- Can serve as name tags on presents. Print the “TO: and FROM:” on the front and the date on the back with a fine tip permanent marker.