Monday, 3 June 2013

Salt dough recipe


                                     This is for the lovely lady I met a couple of weeks ago!!

Whilst out helping some friends at a local fun day, I had the opportunity to speak to some lovely parents about my book and also about this website. One lovely Mum had tried making salt dough gifts for her family, only for it not to work. We sat discussing for a while about the issues she may of had, and I promised that I would post a recipe on here for her to try!!

Salt dough is a great craft material and alternative to clay. What is best about it is that it is made of ingredients you can find in your cupboard and you can create fantastic ornaments and keepsakes from them. Many people use salt dough to create decorations at Christmas, but I say it should be used for lots more fun things too!!

Most recipes for salt dough state that you can put it in the oven and bake. This is a great way to harden the dough, but I found a recipe which saves the toddlers asking for hours "Is it ready yet?" on a website called  It is quick, simple and great to use. I am thinking of making some Fathers Day gifts with this recipe!!

You will need:

1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of flour

Add the salt and 1 cup of flour to a bowl stir in the water, adding it slowly  (You want the dough to be dry – if it gets sticky add more flour.)

Knead the dough and then roll out and use as you want.
Once you have made the shapes you want then you need to dry them so you can paint. Place in the microwave and zap for 3 mins. If when the time is up they are still a little wet then just put back in for another 20 seconds at a time until done.

Leave to cool down and then paint.

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