We have a long standing “love affair” with salt dough, it is something that we come back to over and over again. Many of our salt dough crafts we don’t even “bother” sharing with you here, as they are variations on the same theme or the children simply modeling, exploring and having fun with salt dough. But now, with Christmas approaching, I thought it would be great to pull together a set of salt dough craft ideas for kids – as for me, salt dough is kind of a “classic Christmas craft” – who hasn’t made salt dough ornaments using cookie cutters in the past? And if you haven’t, it is time you made some!!! Once again we share a crafty chat video – all about salt dough- but I also demo, how very quick and easy it is to whip up a batch of salt dough with our classic salt dough recipe. We also discuss some OTHER salt dough craft ideas – though ornament making is still my very favourite, there are plenty of other things you can make from this super versatile craft material!
Salt dough is also great for the classroom, as it is inexpensive to make and you can air dry it over a few days.
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Further Salt Dough Craft Ideas for Kids:
So first of all we share our Saltdough recipe – simple
To make salt dough, all you need is 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and UP to a cup of water. You can also add good quality food colouring to dye your saltdough before drying! When we say “cup” .. any cup works, so long as you keep the proportions the same.
If it is a hot summers day, dry your salt dough out in the sun, turning occassionally. If crafting in Winter, speed up the drying process by heating in the oven at 50C. Remember to turn regularly.
Also, if you are making anything for hanging – i.e. with holes, remember to “re-poke” the holes during drying, to avoid the holes closing up. Salt dough as tendency to “spread” like cookies and the holes can close.
Use coloured salt dough to make easy and bright shell pendants.
More Salt Dough Pendants with these cute Kawaii Peas in a Pod Pendants!
Similarly you can make some fabulous Salt Dough Emoji Beads!
Though THESE Autumn leave bowls were made using clay, I have seen the SAME PROCESS used to make saltd ough leaf bowls. Wonderful.
Adorable Pine Cone Hedgehogs!
Created wonderful Colour Leaf Impressions
A wonderful “classic” Salt Dough Foot or Handprint keepsake – these can also easily be turned into Christmas Tree ornaments.
Similarly these Footprint Hearts are super popular!
Similarly these thumbprint hearts are adorable!
Simple Salt Dough Votives – these are SUPER easy for kids to make and are great as little Christmas Votives or for Diwali – watch the video for our “how to”, really SO EASY to make!
Salt dough Gift Tags – make them for any ocassion, these are little Wedding Gift Tags. Awww.
Salt dough Lady Birds – they make for a great counting set
These double up as Valentine’s Decorations or for Christmas
Or combine your hearts with buttons! Such sweet Button Heart Decorations!
Salt Dough works great as Fridge Magnets:
And here the “classic” 10 Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments
As mentioned Christmas is a great time to have a go at Salt Dough ornaments. Start off simple with the classic “cookie cutter ornaments” and then get a bit more adventurous and see what you can create?!
You can achieve a great amount of detail – e.g. look at these wonderful Salt Dough Santas!
Salt Dough Stars – nice and simple! Kids LOVE this!
Salt Dough Patterns – use doilies or similar!
Salt Dough Easter Ornaments… not just for Christmas!