How to make salt dough models

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

These salt dough models are so easy to make with only a few pantry items needed. They will keep your kids so busy modelling and decorating.


1/4 cup of water

1/4 cup of salt

1/2 cup of plain flour

This doesn't sound like it will make a lot of dough but it actually makes plenty once rolled out. You could double the ingredients if you have more than one child doing this activity.

Step one:

Wash your hands

Step two:

Place salt and flour in a bowl and mix together (you may like to sieve the flour to make it smoother)

Step three:

Add the water into the flour/salt mixture slowly and stir. Eventually, it will form a dough (keep extra water and flour on hand to add if necessary to get the consistency right).

Step four:

Knead into a dough on a floured board and then roll with a rolling pin to get the thickness you want (we found 1/2 an inch worked fine).

Step five:

Use cookie cutters to turn them into shapes or roll into letters/numbers and arrange on baking paper.

Step six:

Bake in a warm oven 130c for around 2 hours. Afterwards, take them out and leave to cool for as long as possible (we left ours out overnight).

Step seven:

Decorate. We used acrylic paints and they needed a few coats, so after painting leave them to try before applying more paint.

This activity was super easy to make and due to the baking of 2 hours, cooling and drying off in between coats of paint, it stretched this activity out for a few days. Enjoy!

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