My kids loved making and painting these salt dough models.
I thought this would be a major hassle to make, but actually it was really simple and a great way to spend a rainy day.
We only needed three basic ingredients and some cookie cutters. You just need to allow a bit of time for baking your creations before you can paint them.
My kids aged six and three enjoyed the whole process. We had fun making the dough, creating the models and painting them once they had been baked in the oven.
You can make ornaments, Christmas decorations, necklaces. The dough can be quite heavy if your dough is thick and chunky so if making Christmas tree decorations or necklaces you may want to roll the dough quite thin. Our dough models did expand a bit in the oven meaning they were a bit fatter once baked.
Salt Dough Recipe
1 quantity of plain flour; 1/2 quantity of table salt; 1/2 quantity of cold tap water
We used the following:
225g plain flour
113g table salt
100ml cold water
- Add salt and flour to a large bowl and mix together.
- Gradually stir in the water. Mix well to form a doughy consistency, not too wet.
- Place the doughy mix onto a board or tray (we used a plastic chopping board).
- Knead the dough with your hands until smooth and combined.
- Make your models/creations using the salt dough.
- Place the salt dough models onto a baking tray and place into the oven at 160C (fan assisted).
- Bake for about an hour. This may vary depending on the size and thickness of the models.
- Paint using acrylic paint or poster paint.
Salt Dough Models
We made a range of models using salt dough including fish, a Christmas tree, love hearts and gingerbread men.
You can be as creative as you like. For example, you could make letters, numbers, animals, flowers – whatever you fancy.
You can use biscuit cutters or simply mould the dough into whatever shapes you wish. If you want to make a hanging ornament or Christmas tree decoration, you can use a paperclip and stick the paperclip into the dough leaving a round hook exposed. To make a necklace or garland, you can use a skewer or a toothpick to puncture the dough and make a hole (prior to baking).
You could create a print of your child’s hand or footprint using salt dough.
Colouring Salt Dough
We painted our models after baking in the oven using normal poster paints. You can also use acrylic paint. Some people suggest sealing your creations with PVA glue or another sealant, however we didn’t and ours turned out fine.
You can use colouring in the water when making the dough if you want to colour the whole batch of dough.
You could incorporate glitter into the dough if you want to add a bit of sparkle to the mix.
Storage of Salt Dough Models
Models should be kept in an airtight container to avoid getting moisture to them.