Looking for new ways to get creative? This classic Salt Dough Recipe will let your kiddos’ imagination soar! Learn how to make it in a few easy steps with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry!
Hi there, crafty friends! Lisa here from the Moments With Lisa blog. While I love a good decor project, I am also a mom of two and always have my hands messy with a kid-friendly DIY. Most recently, we made some salt dough snakes and I’ll share with you exactly how I did it!
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On rainy days, I like to find easy ways to stay creative. Recently, we made fun salt dough snakes and it made for a great activity – even during play dates!
This is a similar recipe to our salt dough bowls. Have fun and make both!
How To Make DIY Salt Dough
You won’t even believe how easy it is to make and use salt dough! Follow our simple tutorial for a classic Salt Dough so that you can let your imagination soar!
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post.
Craft Tools Needed:
- Measuring cups
- Wooden spoon
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Paintbrushes and foam brushes (whichever you prefer)
DIY Salt Dough Tips
What Can I Make With Salt Dough?
The idea behind salt dough is that you create shapes and then bake it in the oven to harden it. Once hardened and cooled, you can paint it to give it some design and color.
Lots of people love using salt dough to make Christmas tree ornaments. For our particular project, we made Salt Dough Snakes and it made for a great summer activity.
What Paint Can I Use to Paint My Salt Dough Figurines?
Watercolors are nice too but won’t offer as much coverage as acrylic. Plus, acrylic paint dries pretty fast, so it’s great to use with the kiddos.
How Long Does It Take To Bake Salt Dough?
Most standard recipes call for baking the salt dough figurines at 200 degrees for two hours. However, if your little ones are as impatient as mine (or if you have time constraints for play dates, birthday parties, etc.) then you can bake it at 325 degrees F for one hour – this is exactly what we did!
Mix The Dry Ingredients First
When mixing up the dough, add the dry ingredients into the bowl first. Once mixed, add the water and you’ll see it slowly turn into salt dough.
Salt Dough Recipe
- In a large bowl, mix together flour and salt.
- Once the dry ingredients are mixed together, add water and mix.
- Knead the dough with your hands to combine the ingredients very well and until a dough forms.
- Create your designs and then place on lined baking sheet. Bake for one hour.
- Allow to cool completely before painting.
- Paint the figurines and enjoy!
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More Sensory Activities
If you enjoyed this Salt Dough Recipe then you will love these kid-friendly DIY ideas: