Introduction: SALT-DOUGH CLAY!!!

When I was in third grade
I was in a small art class
and we were using a
type of clay called "salt-dough"
The teacher told us how to make it.
I am a little rusty so if you have any
Q's I will have some A's!!!

Step 1: Gather Materials

You will need
1/2 cup to 1 cup of

1 cup to 1 1/2 cup
of salt

and 1/2 cup to 1 cup
of water

(believe me, you will need a BIG bowl)

Step 2: MIX!

You will mix in all of the dry ingredients first,
then you will slowly add in the water, while
watching how sticky or watery it becomes.
(When you suppose that it is a little too watery,
you can keep stirring or what I do is I use my
hands to mush it all up.) If it is still too watery
add more salt.When you think there is enough
salt add in a little more flour.

Step 3: Keep Mushing!!!

You need to keep mushing with flour so it does not
stick to anything.Throw from one hand to another very
quickly or shape it from a sphere to maybe a flat pizza.
All of this working will stretch out the dough making it
easier for projects.

Step 4: Storage

You should put your salt-dough clay away in
an air tight container such as a Tupperware
bowl or some Gladware. But before you put
them in the storage space you have to put
flour in the bowl so that the next time you take
it out the dough will not stick to the container.
After a few days of working(with the dough)
you will not have to use any flour.

Step 5: Additional Projects

I was reading a book with salt-dough projects
and I decided to put some in this instructable!

Cover a flat foil oval with rolled out dough. Add
heart,oval,or triangle fins.Flatten dough balls
for eyes.Press in the center of an oval for lips.

Shape three dough balls for the head,body,
and cottontail.Press them together.Attach
oval legs and ears.Use tiny dough balls for
the cheeks and nose.

Cat-Press 2 balls side by side for the body and
head.Make oval legs.Add a fat rope for the tail.
Use dough balls for the cheeks and nose,and
add triangles for the ears.
Mouse-Make an oval..Add flattened dough balls
for ears.Curl a piece of plastic-coated wire into
a tail,and press it into the backside of the dough.

Hope that you like the projects!!

*Also if you are young you will need adult supervision when working with an oven*

Step 6: In the Oven

Work on a sheet of foil so you will not
have to move the project to get it in the
oven. Lay the sheet of foil on a cookie pan
so that it will not tip over in the oven.
You can use water to make the ears tails
and other body parts to stick.You can use
craft glue to attach cocktail umbrellas for a
cute effect.(If your project needs a little
help staying up,use wads of foil to prop
it up in the oven.
Bake salt dough projects for 1 to 4 hours
at 200 degrees.
Projects should stay in the oven until hard and
dry.Larger projects will take longer than smaller
projects. Remove the pan and projects with an oven
mitt. Let cool.


Stabbie made it!(author)2015-05-31

Is this hard enough to be placed outside? Will it crack if someone accidentally steps on it? I want to make a stepping stone but don't want to use concrete unless I have to.

kjones-2 made it!(author)2017-01-01

This won't work well for making stepping stones as the materials will rot and get moldy, even with salt (due to exposure to the elements). You should look into making stepping stones from Papercrete or Hypertufa materials. Recipes abound online and it is an easy process!

woodenProjects made it!(author)2016-10-03

This is great thing to play witch children

I've made something like this, but with colors.

RangerJ made it!(author)2015-11-29

I have Christmas ornaments our tree that my daughter and I made 35 years ago.

ChristineS140 made it!(author)2016-10-02

Aww that's lovely :)

ele_4_4 made it!(author)2016-07-21

It works great but is it oven bake or air dry clay?

ChristineS140 made it!(author)2016-10-02

We was given the instructions in that you can cook your designs in the microwave for 3 minutes. Ours took a bit longer due to the thickness. Watch out though as they are very hot when they are finished.

LisaB304 made it!(author)2016-08-06

can you make this air dry instead of using the oven?

ChristineS140 made it!(author)2016-10-02

We was given the instructions in that you can cook your designs in the microwave for 3 minutes. Ours took a bit longer due to the thickness. Watch out though as they are very hot when they are finished.

ChristineS140 made it!(author)2016-10-02

We was given the instructions in that you can cook your designs in the microwave for 3 minutes. Ours took a bit longer due to the thickness. Watch out though as they are very hot when they are finished.

One4freckles made it!(author)2016-06-22

It kept stickin to myhands to i make it less sticky...more flour?

ele_4_4 made it!(author)2016-07-21

Yes add more flour!

HeidiH19 made it!(author)2016-05-07

Hi, I would like to know whether there is any shrinkage during baking?

SerenaL3 made it!(author)2015-12-15

I made these, but the color didn't come out dark enough. Do I paint it beofre or after I apply Modge Podge? Thanks!!

KaylaL2 made it!(author)2015-09-12

This is a wonderful type of dough, and I made a butterfly from it, so it does work!

Zyria+hea made it!(author)2015-06-17

is it air dry

TiaHPW made it!(author)2015-06-16

PaolaR1 made it!(author)2015-04-01

Thats cool

pamela.d.johnson.10 made it!(author)2015-03-03

my salt-dough is so soupy do I need to add more salt or flour.

agent+crush made it!(author)2009-02-10

i tried to make it. but should i put more flour???

AnthonyL9 made it!(author)2015-02-16


Marciocha007 made it!(author)2015-01-20


minecraftisawsomelikehell made it!(author)2015-01-17

My recipe 40% flour 40% water 20% salt perfect for clay sculpture also add a drop of food coloring to the water if you want

Marciocha007 made it!(author)2015-01-06

Hellol all, If U like salt dough please check out my new blog, I hope U will enjoy :)

ashley.bowman.940 made it!(author)2014-11-06

I was wondering i made a version like this after you paint it . could you put a pottery glaze on it ?

taylort1 made it!(author)2014-12-20

you can

laceymay21 made it!(author)2014-12-08

Why cant you use self rising flour

faith.hill.1029770 made it!(author)2014-09-15

I tried this alough do u need to put in the fridge or cook it

KimberlyB1 made it!(author)2014-08-07


KimberlyB1 made it!(author)2014-08-07

I'm going to try this. It seems fun

JLimpers made it!(author)2014-05-13

I made the footprints and handprints of my granddaughter (2) for her mum for Mother's Day. It was a GREAT succes and lots of fun too.

So thank you for the recipe.

as9 made it!(author)2013-07-25

I made some,

Ayaan made it!(author)2008-09-21

thanx ..thats nice of u,..., but do u know how to make 1 which dry and become very hard??? please reply

dombeef made it!(author)2008-09-28

you cook it

Mplinnc made it!(author)2009-10-11


dombeef made it!(author)2009-10-17

YAHOO!!!!! PARTAY!!!!!!!!

Sunny124613 made it!(author)2013-07-01


Sunny124613 made it!(author)2008-09-30

hmmm,you just cook it in the oven for about 4 hours,but look it up.I dont want any bad points because art work was burnt... but if you want a few more days before you paint,just let it air dry.

poofrabbit made it!(author)2012-11-24

Love salt clay I have 15 recipes for it, all work fantastic. I still have xmas decorations for the tree I made as a kid (well over twenty years ago) that look as fantastic as they did when I first made them. You can coat these with clear spray paint or clear nail polish might help with putting them outside. :)

camping+crazy made it!(author)2012-09-24

Would it work outside.

minininja24 made it!(author)2012-01-01

um...... it will harden over night, but for fun, try to make a dough out of 4 cups brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of jam, and 4-8 table spoons of olive oil or conola oil. also this brown dough could be used to make fake poop!

skbkmkhk made it!(author)2011-10-19

My daughter is having a slumber party and she loves your recipe for play doh. She is wanting each girl to make the play doh and then a bowl and for me to cook them. How much will this recipe make? Will this be a good size for each child? Also do you know the best time to cook it or would just watching it be the best way. I would be cooking about 6 bowls. Can you put a glaze over them once done cooking to hold them together better. Thank you for such a great fun cheap activity for our girls!

eann made it!(author)2011-10-01

This stuff will keep if refrigerated.

If you want to bake it to harden it, do it at a low temperature (approx. 200 degrees Fahrenheit) for several hours. You can put some aluminum foil of the top of it to keep it from browning, but if you are going to paint it, it doesn't really matter if it is going to brown or not.

Gingerbean made it!(author)2009-10-18

Hi everyone!  I just signed up and I am delighted to be part of this group!  I used salt dough clay to construct an Easter gift for my mother at least 15 years ago.  Happy to say it's still in good shape!  I made an "Easter at Grandma's House scene.  I just wanted to share a few ideas that I had discovered "by accident"

My favorite:  push the dought through the holes of a metal seive, or strainer and you will get curly hair!  Use something  with larger holes and you can get long curls!  thin craft wire makes wonder specs!  Use a cheese shreader for a layered soft wavey hairdo.  Really, just look around your kitchen and let your imagination work for you!

Happy Crafting!  Ginger

thepelton made it!(author)2011-01-15

Sounds like you could use a garlic press here.

lovesgirraffes555 made it!(author)2010-11-16

i love this i am using this for my volcano in Sci. class i at awesome
thank you so much! :)

kim10220 made it!(author)2010-10-31

could i make this ahead of time.. Im going to do hand prints for my son's pre-k class and i was wanting to roll it out and have the cirlcles ready for them to just place their hands in it.. If i place them on cookie sheets and cover it w/ plastic rap do you think it would be soft enough for them? And also do i let them air dry for a life time keep or should i bake them? i would like to do this tomorrow am..

Hey+yo made it!(author)2010-08-25

how do u do if u want the color?

dombeef made it!(author)2010-09-18

You add food coloring to the water, or while it is in a mushy state.

crystalguy99 made it!(author)2010-06-11

quick question. when you back it, is it somewhat durrable? like what kind of hardness are we looking at here. i was planning to make something, but i dont have anything to mold, so i was gonna make some.

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