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March 2, 2017
Learn how to make the perfect Salt Dough Recipe

Salt dough is one of the easiest kid safe recipes that exists on kids craft universe. Don’t y’all agree?

It was so amazing to look at the Christmas decorations that people made only with few basic kitchen ingredients. Isn’t that awesome? I had so many plans for Salt dough creations. I had imagined creating this beautiful fairy secret door to add to my indoor fairy crafts, a ring dish, few mushrooms maybe.

Well, it may be the easiest recipe that exists in the entire world, but I had to go through a lot of trial and error method too. Because not everyone’s salt and flour brands, water quality can be the same, right? Please don’t doubt my cooking skills at this point. Lol!

Finally, this was the closer to perfection recipe for my creations!

How to make Salt Dough?

You’ll need,

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 3/4 – 1 cup water

The ratio of salt and flour was always 1:2, but I had to keep changing the water measurements. So I chose somewhere between 3/4 to 1 full cup of water.


Mix the salt and flour together.

Do not pour the entire cup of water into the mixture (like I did most of the times!), it’s going to be too watery and too sticky. So, add the water slowly starting from 1/2 cup and add little by little as you go.

Knead the dough. Make sure you’re dough is not too sticky. If it is, try adding a little bit of flour. Or wait for 15-20 minutes for it to dry a bit. You know you’re done when it is firm to touch.

Now, your dough is ready!

All my imaginations came true, and now I wanted these creations to dry sooner.

Learn how to make the perfect Salt Dough Recipe

I tried my testing skills in baking these salt dough creations. I kept the oven at 200 F and let them sit there for 2 hours. Luckily, the thinner ones were baked well in the oven.

I should agree it didn’t turn out to be the same for all of my creations because the mushrooms and fairy door were thicker in size and I observed them bulging out due to heat and I think it was about to explode. So, I took all of the bulky ones out and kept them under the sun. I had no choice now other than to wait! 🙁

Learn how to make the perfect Salt Dough Recipe

Toss them on each side so that it dries out well on all sides. It was so much fun watching the salt crystals shine under the sun.

After a few days of sun drying, I was so happy with the results. I painted the mushroom and fairy door and left the other ones as shiny white.


Lastly, don’t forget to apply a coat of sealant. Due to the summer humidity, most of my previous salt creations melted and became too watery after 4-5 months though they were indoor. So, I highly recommend applying the sealant.

Hope this tutorial helped you to create a beautiful long lasting salt dough creations!

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Learn how to make the perfect Salt Dough Recipe

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