I’ve always wanted to try salt dough and I have no idea why I never did. Probably the easiest craft ever! All you need is 1 part salt, 1 part water, and 2 parts flour.
Mix the salt and flour together in a bowl and gradually add the water. You might find you don’t need all of the water or you might find you need a little more.
Keep mixing until it all starts to stick together and then comes the fun part…Knead with your hands and then turn out on to a floured surface.
Knead it until it’s lovely and soft and smooth. It’s actually quite stress relieving! Roll out the dough – not too thin, not too thick. I’d say between 5mm and 1cm but bear in mind that you have to transfer it to a baking tray and it has to cook or air dry so the times will differ depending on thickness.
Using cookie cutters or other household objects, press and cut into the dough. I used stamps, buttons, bottle caps, pasta, cookie cutters and a cookie stamp that says “Made with Love” to decorate and cut my salt dough. I also made salt dough buttons by cutting out circles and piercing holes with a skewer. Transfer your creations to a baking tray as you make them.
Now you can either bake or air dry your decorations. Be warned though, if you bake at too high a temperature, they go all bubbly. Mine started to do that so I took them out of the oven and left them to air dry instead hoping that they’d stay a bit smoother. If you choose to bake them, do it on a low heat such as 100 ℃ (not the 160 odd that I did…) for around 2 and a half to 3 hours. Keep checking on them to see how they’re going.
If you air dry then they can take a few days to be completely dry. Once they are completely dry then you can paint and decorate them. I used acrylic paint but I found it works way better when you use quite a lot of paint and do it quickly or else it starts to flake off as you paint.
See, not just for kids! I loved making salt dough buttons (just for decoration as I’m unsure I’d be able to use them in products!) and my Made with Love decoration that I might make into a fridge magnet!