How To Make Salt Dough, To Prepare Salt Dough

The SALT DOUGH is a material that can be easily used for many small craft projects, like to make an unusual Christmas brig.

But, what is the Sald Dough exactly? and how do you prepare it?

TO MAKE THE SALT DOUGH is not difficult. It is a material that, although its origins date back to the dawn of time , IT can be considered as timely as ever.


To mold various kind of figurines and objects, normally are used materials considered more ‘noble’, like Das, terracotta, clay, plasticine or chalk, but perhaps, not everyone knows that one of the most popular materials used as today is just the salt dough which is the same ‘poor’ material used by our grandparents in the past. The reason of the choice of this type of material is to be found in its low cost and easy production.

In fact, to prepare the salt dough for the creation of figurines, characters or gifts is pretty simple, just need to make sure that the mixture has the right consistency.


It should mix the ingredients in an accurate manner, following the guidelines below, you can change the quantity, but the proportions must be observed, and so:

  • 1 pound and 16 onces of flour type ’00’
  • 14 ounces of fine salt (or marine salt)
  • 14 ounces of fresh water
  • 1 tablespoon of white glue (or vinavil glue)
  • 1 tablespoon of oil

To prepare the mixture to make the dough Salt you should mix all the ingredients, making sure to dissolve completely the salt into the water and then add to it, little by little, the flour to make the mixture homogeneous (same your mom does when she prepares a cake), at the end add the glue and the oil (the latter is not strictly necessary, but many suggest it, in order to make more workable the dough).

Mix, knead and knead and mix and knead again with patience and making sure that your hands are always wet, keep it up until you obtain a homogeneous mixture.

At this point it would be preferable to divide the dough into loaves of 7 to 12 ounces each and then wrap them in plastic wrap so to preserve the material from drying out. With this you can use the dough also at a later time.


As a technique the painting can be done in two ways:

  1. first paint the paste of salt and then held divided the various quantities of different color to be used for modeling the parts of the figurine according to the colors you need.
  2. first you may mold the figurines or objects and paint them in a second time.

Once the work is finished the objects can be cooked in a microwave at 122-140.00 ° F, ensuring that reaches the right consistency without going overboard to avoid the formation of cracks.



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