Salt Dough Recipe

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


  1. Add flour and salt to a mixing bowl or mixer.
  2. Gradually add water until the consistency is doughy but not too sticky.
  3. Dust work surface with a little extra flour and begin to roll out the dough.
  4. Mould desired shape with either a cutter or knife.
  6. Bake on a low heat (approx 120c for a fan oven) for 3 hours
  7. Once cool, coat with a binder before applying acrylic paints.

Photo Guide:

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:

salt dough 1

Cookie cutters are (obviously) a great option if you have them:

salt dough 2

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:

salt dough 3

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!

salt dough 4

Use a binder/ sealant to coat your shapes once they have cooled.

salt dough binder

After the binder, you can start to apply the paint. We find that non-toxic acrylics work best for really vibrant colours:

salt dough paint

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 biccies

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:

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I would LOVE to see your own salt dough creations, so tag me into your facebook/ instagram posts or even comment below! πŸ™‚

Sian x

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