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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!!!

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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.

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83 Discussions


Question 23 days ago

how do you make it


10 months ago on Introduction

Hi, as for the salt, it has to be fine or granulated? Thanks


3 years ago

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

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Reply 1 year ago

Sometimes there is but it depends on the size of the piece before it goes in


2 years ago

This is great thing to play witch children

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

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Question 1 year ago on Introduction

Can you guys make a video on how to turn your air dry clay into a sort of sticky stretchy clay


1 year ago

I am going to try it and, i'll also try air drying it. if not then the oven then


2 years ago

Thanks for the very easy recipe. My grandaughter has spent all afternoon mixing and making. They're in the oven now and she's looking forward to painting it all :)


4 years ago

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.

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Reply 2 years ago

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!


3 years ago

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

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3 years ago

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

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Reply 2 years ago

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.


2 years ago

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.