I’m always slightly wary when putting recipes up on the website – as i’m sure you’ll know from experience, adjustments are often needed. So use this as a guide rather than a definitive, fail-safe recipe.
You will need:
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 1 cup salt
- Approx 1 – 2 cups of warm/boiling water
- Add flour and salt to a mixing bowl or mixer.
- Gradually add water until the consistency is doughy but not too sticky.
- Dust work surface with a little extra flour and begin to roll out the dough.
- Mould desired shape with either a cutter or knife.
- LEAVE TO AIR DRY FOR AT LEAST 12 HOURS.
- Bake on a low heat (approx 120c for a fan oven) for 3 hours
- Once cool, coat with a binder before applying acrylic paints.
You can choose to use cutters, knives or even pre-existing shapes to mould your dough. Here we chose magnetic numbers that we pressed into the dough before cutting:
Cookie cutters are (obviously) a great option if you have them:
When it comes to salt dough, patience and preparation are needed. It’s best to let the shapes air dry for at least 12 hours before baking:
Line the shapes onto baking parchment so that they don’t stick to the tray. There’s nothing worse than broken pieces after they’ve been in the oven for 3 hours!
Use a binder/ sealant to coat your shapes once they have cooled.
After the binder, you can start to apply the paint. We find that non-toxic acrylics work best for really vibrant colours:
Depending on what you are making, you may want to apply more than a few coats. For these ‘biccies’ we used a few layers of paint followed by posca pens:
Salt dough can be used for a range of different creations, from learning aids to decorations. Here’s some that we made with just one batch of dough:
I would LOVE to see your own salt dough creations, so tag me into your facebook/ instagram posts or even comment below! 🙂