Miniature Food Made From Salt Dough

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Introduction: Miniature Food Made From Salt Dough

About: Hi, I'm Lisa. I love crafting and you can find out all the things I get up to on my blog http://thecraftartykid.blogspot.com/

Here's a run down of how to make some miniature food out of salt dough perfect for a dolls house.
I'll show you specifically how to make hot cross buns and croissants but once you know the basics you can make anything.

Step 1: Making Salt Dough

Salt dough is made of plain flour, salt and water.
I just got roughly the same amount of flour and salt and added water until it went doughy, but if you want to do things properly then just google a salt dough recipe.
To make everything in the first photo I only used the amount of salt dough you see in my hand here.

I cooked my salt dough on the lowest oven setting - less than Gas Mark 1 - and the smaller pieces only needed about 15 minutes, the larger ones I left in for 30 minutes.
You'll be able to tell when they're done as they should go white and hard and not be squishy in the middle.

Step 2: To Make Hot Cross Buns

To make a batch of hot cross buns roll some salt dough into a ball then flatten it into a rectangle with rounded edges.
Mark out six sections and add thin strips of salt dough for the crosses.
Dab a bit of water on to make them stick.
Then cut out the individual buns.

Step 3: Finish Hot Cross Buns

Once they've been in the oven paint the buns.
The crosses and bases will already be the right colour but add some orangey brown to the tops.
I also painted on a little varnish to look like the glaze.

Note; the salt dough expands slightly in the oven so flat edges don't come out so flat.
To fix this just use some sand paper to file them flat again.
This is something I had to do with the bottoms of the hot cross buns.

Step 4: To Make Croissants

To make a croissant thinly roll some salt dough into a long triangle.
Then roll it up, starting at the wide end, and curve into the right shape.

Step 5: Finish Croissants

Once cooked, paint with a golden brown colour, a little darker on top.

Step 6: Now Make More Food!

I also made scones, shortbread fingers, cupcakes, cookies, plaited bread, turnovers and Belgian buns.
The possibilities are endless, just have a play around with the dough.

My Playmobile people now have lots of things to munch on!

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    19 Comments

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    Miss Mango
    Miss Mango

    1 year ago on Introduction

    Just saw your comments now about colouring the food. Thank you again so much for those and your instructable on this!

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    Miss Mango
    Miss Mango

    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    Thank you for this - I would like to do this before investing in polymer clay, and your idea seems perfect for baked things. Can you please advise if you used acrylics or watercolours to paint them?

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    timothy.s.cannon70
    timothy.s.cannon70

    Answer 1 year ago

    I'm sorry I guess I really didn't answer your question, painting a finished product acrylic would be better. But when you first make the dough, you can make colored dough using watercolor. So I would make a bunch of different colors when I would make miniatures. You would just knead the color into the dough, adding more color to the dough untill you get the color you desire. I hope this helps

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    timothy.s.cannon70
    timothy.s.cannon70

    Answer 1 year ago

    I've worked with dough art before, you can also use bread just Add water. You can add color by using colored pencils dipped in water, food coloring, or a water based paint like you can buy from your regular Dollar Store AKA Dollar Tree.

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    timothy.s.cannon70
    timothy.s.cannon70

    Reply 1 year ago

    Believe It or not, salt dough or bread dough ( using regular bread remove the crust, Just Add Water a little at a time) is a cheaper way to go, it also makes you a good way to practice sculpting and making your projects. Then you can upgrade when you feel ready.

    This is cool but if you want to see something very creative try SALT DOUGH SMILIES
    These are the best and really cool and very good activity for the children

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    kgirl5523
    kgirl5523

    7 years ago

    So cute:) I want to make those;D

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    mikolynn
    mikolynn

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice and clever idea! And this is very eatable (if you are a playmobil!)

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    thecraftartykid
    thecraftartykid

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It's a water based paint that dries quite quickly and I've found it sticks to most surfaces. I'm guessing most paints would work, like regular childrens poster paints.

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    ItemsOnHand
    ItemsOnHand

    9 years ago on Step 6

    These pieces are amazing! My daughter and I want to try this, too! One question: What kind of paint did you use?

    Again: great work; thanks for posting this!

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    thecraftartykid
    thecraftartykid

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    Thank you!
    I used acrylic paint, I hope that helps

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    Servelan
    Servelan

    9 years ago on Introduction

    To keep the tasty-looking mini foodstuffs from attracting bugs and to offset the hygroscopic nature of salt dough, it's a good idea to varnish the items on all sides.