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Salt Dough Craft Recipe

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Salt Dough Recipe for Crafts @ AVirtuousWoman.org

Salt Dough Recipe for Crafts

Ever since I was a little girl, making salt dough crafts at Christmas time has been one of my favorite traditions. Make this recipe and then use it to complete some of the projects below.

In a large bowl, mix table salt and flour together. Gradually add 1/2 cup of water and mix to desired consistency. Knead the dough on a flat surface, adding a few more drops of water as needed. If the dough seems to wet or too dry, add more flour or more water in small amounts as needed.

Salt Dough Recipe for Crafts @ AVirtuousWoman.org

Once the dough is made, you can divide it up into small portions to roll into 1/8″ thick pieces with a rolling pin. Use cookie cutters to cut out a variety of shapes, and place the shapes on wax paper or other surface to dry. If you want to make hanging ornaments, pierce the dough through with a toothpick while it’s wet.

Salt Dough Star Ornament @ AVirtuousWoman.org

Allow the shapes to dry for a day or two, turning them over periodically to speed up the drying process. You may need to re-pierce the hole several times during the drying process. After the shapes dry, you can use a fine grit sandpaper to gently smooth any rough edges.

Instead of allowing the dough shapes to air dry, you can bake them in the oven at 200° F until hard. Baking times varies depending on oven and dough thickness. Make sure the dough is completely baked. You can cover the dough with aluminum foil if it starts to darken before completely baked through. When thoroughly dry, use varnish or clear nail polish to seal on all sides.


  • You can store salt dough in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a day or two before using.
  • Add color to the dough by mixing food coloring or paint into the water before adding it to the flour/salt mix.
  • Alternatively, you can paint the finished baked dough with acrylic paint.
  • Be sure to initial and date the back of your salt dough creations!

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