I have to credit my sister-in- law Tanja with this great recipe. We spent a great afternoon crafting gifts with my niece when I was living in Austria. I have translated the recipe from German into English for you to enjoy 😉 I can attest that kids will love this, as I just held a Salt Dough Workshop at three little birds in Jersey City and the kids had a blast!
Salt Dough Recipe
- 1 Cup Sifted Flour
- 1/2 Cup Salt
- 1/2 Cup Room Temp. Water
- Squeeze of Lemon Juice
- 1 TSP Veggie Oil
- *optional – food coloring to color dough
Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Slowly mix in room temperature water until the dough is combined and a little sticky. Add a little vegetable oil and a squeeze of lemon juice if you have it available. If you want to color the dough one particular hue, add some food coloring. One or two dots is plenty.
Add flour to a flat surface and knead the dough into a ball. Roll it out with a rolling pin and cut it into shapes using cookie cutters. Alternatively, you cand allow your kids to play around and make their own creations. If you do use cookie cutters, make sure you add a hole with a straw to each one so that you can string the ornaments after they dry.
Allow salt dough creations to air dry, or bake them in an over at 250 F for up to two hours. You don’t want the dough to crack or brown, you just want it to dry out nicely.
Paint the salt dough after it is 100% dry and add string for hanging if necessary. If you plan to display the ornaments year after year, consider buying a non-toxic sealant at the art supply store. This is deter little mice and pests from tasting your crafts!
Happy Holidays everyone – wishing you and your families and amazing December. xo Lady Lucas
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website
and Etsy shop
(which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons
to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.