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Making salt dough is a fun and easy activity for children. Here’s a simple recipe and instructions you can try out today!

Salt Dough Recipe:


  • 250g plain or self raising flour
  • 250g table salt
  • 150 ml of (warm) water

You will need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Measuring cups
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters (optional)
  • Acrylic or poster paints (for decorating, optional)
  • Paintbrushes or fingers
  • Clear varnish or PVA glue (optional, for sealing)

How to make:

  • Mix the dry ingredients: Put the flour and the salt in a mixing bowl, stir them together until well mixed.
  • Gradually add the water to the dry mixture to form a dough – If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour, if it’s too dry, add a bit more water.
  • Once the dough starts to come together, transfer it to a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead the dough until it forms a smooth and springy lump.
  • Roll it out! Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to about 0.6 cm.
  • Cut Shapes. If you have cookie cutters, press them into the rolled-out dough to create different shapes. Or, let the kids use their hands to shape the dough into their preferred shapes. If you are going to be hanging the shapes up then don’t forget to make a hole in them to thread ribbon or string through.

You will need to dry the shapes before you can start decorating them. You can let air dry which takes about 2 to 7 days to dry completely. Or you can bake them in the oven on a baking sheet at 250°F (120°C) for about 2-3 hours or until the shapes are hardened. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.

Let the salt dough creations cool completely before handling.

Get decorating! Once the salt dough shapes are cool, kids can paint them with acrylic or poster paints, add glitter and sequins for example, and just get creative.

Seal (Optional): To preserve the creations, you can apply a clear varnish or PVA glue to seal it.

Watch this video from Twinkl Crafts for some great ideas for salt dough ornaments.

Kids can hang them on the Christmas tree or give as gifts. Enjoy creating!