Hello lovelies, welcome back to my page. Today I’m sharing one of my family’s favourite crafting traditions salt dough crafts. I used to do this with my mother when I was little and now I’ve carried on the tradition and make wonderful gifts and ornaments with my daughters so I thought I’d share them with you all.
1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water
1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour.
2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
3. With your hands form a ball with your dough and kneed it for at least 5 minutes. The longer you kneed your dough the smoother it will be.
- Store your salt dough in a air tight container and you will be able to use it for days.
- You can paint your creations with acrylic paints and seal with varnish or polyurethane spray.
- You can let your salt dough creations air dry, however salt dough can also be dried in the oven.
- Bake at 200 F until your creation is dry. The amount of time needed to bake your creations depends on size and thickness; thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker creations can take 2-3 hours or more. You can increase your oven temperature to 350 F, your dough will dry faster but it may also brown, which won’t matter if you are painting your entire creation (you can also cover your dough in the oven before it turns brown).
There are a few options to color your salt dough:
1. Add powdered tempera paint to your flour,
2. add food coloring or paint to the water before you mix it with the salt/flour, or
3. add natural coloring like instant coffee, cocoa, or curry powder.
Some ideas for your kids to make:
- love these fantastic nature prints made for spring from The Magic Onions.
- Such a fun activity for earth day too the Lorax handprint from jinxykids.com.
- Fingerprint ladybug magnets from Messy Little Monsters are the perfect addition to your fridge.
- My kids love to collect shells when we visit the beach and these Salt Dough Fossils from The Imagination Tree would a great activity for the kids to do with all those shells they bring home.
- My kids would have a lot of fun making these snakes from Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls and scaring people out in the yard with them.
- Another great idea to save all those treasures the kids bring home from the beach. Salt Dough Shell Mosaics from Jennifer’s Little World.
- Here is another version of the sea shell mosaic from Local Fun for Kids but it’s made with wheat flour so it looks more like sand.
- Salt dough dinosaurs from messy little monsters.
- This is The Rainbow Fish Ornament from Artsy Momma it is a great one for summer too!
- If you didn’t find any star fish on your vacation, why not make your own.
- Salt dough leaves are perfect for a Thanksgiving Tree.
- These leaf Salt Dough Bowls from Meaningful Mama would be fun holding some food on the table for Thanksgiving.
- think this Halloween Garland is perfect with the glitter from KC Edventures.
- I love this idea for Santa Hand Prints from Messy Little Monster.
- More Great Salt Dough Ornament Ideas.
These are just a few of the things I love to make with my daughters and the best thing is they last forever I still have Xmas decorations from when my daughter was three and she’s now 13 they love looking back on the old things they make and their differences in hand sizes and my mother still has ones I made when I was young(a long time ago haha).
I hope this gives you some inspiration for crafting with your little ones.