How to make your own salt dough

Salt dough isn’t just for Christmas, it can be used for DIY keepsakes and to engage the kids – keeping their creativity high – all year round.

You can use salt dough as an ornament, bowl or thread ribbon through for a hanging decoration.

It’s so versatile and makes an excellent model-making tool, you can add any colour you like and if you add spices to the ingredients, when the salt dough dries hard in the oven, it smells amazing when displayed for a long time afterwards.

Cheap cheerful and simple to make, salt dough only requires a few ingredients and it’s super easy to prepare and make.

Salt dough recipe


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Food colouring 
  • Shaped cookie cutters (optional)
  • Glaze/paint 

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1. Pre heat the oven to 140oc Add a few drops of your chosen colouring to the warm water.
2. Place the flour and salt in a bowl then pour in the, now colourful water in small amounts, 3. mixing as you go. It should turn into a slightly sticky dough, but not so sticky that it comes off on your fingers. If this happens you need to add some more flour to balance it out.
4. Once you have made the salt dough, roll out to a 1cm thickness – then cut any shape you like – either freehand or with shaped cookie cutters.
5. Next, lay the finished creations out on a baking sheet and pop in the oven on a low temperature, for around 3 hours.
6. Once cool they can be covered in mode lodge, glaze, painted or simply left as they are.

How to use your salt dough 

 1. Make an imprint

Image: The Imagination Tree

Memories fade, but always remember your tots tiny feet with a salt dough imprint – easy to do and so pretty!

Make it: A Foot Imprint From The Imagination Tree

2. Garden markers

Image: Humblebeads Jewelry

Bring a little personalisation to your herb garden with these pretty and practical markers.

Make it: Garden Markers From Humble Beads Jewellrey

 3.  Glitter salt dough

Image: The Imagination Tree

Now you can put glitter in your salt dough because, well why not… Kids love glitter, right?

Make it: From The Imagination Tree

4. Skull salt dough

 Image: Redtedart

Who said skulls had to be scary, using neon colours mean these skull salt dough decorations can be used to add a pop of colour to any room!

Make it: From Redtedart