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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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