Craft a salt dough sculpture

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Making salt dough sculptures is a fun activity for kids. The mixture is easy to make; you only need salt and dough! Colors can be added with food dyes or spices. Adding oil or paste will create a more pliable dough. This how-to teaches how to make and bake a salt dough sculpture. The shapes and designs are left up to your imagination!

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Tools & Ingredients

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Oven
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Optional: Oil or Paste
  • Optional: Coloring Agents
  • Optional: Shaping Tools


  1. 1
    Decide the amounts.
    The amount of ingredients are dependent on the number and size of the sculptures you wish to make. This how-to will use 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 2 cups of hot water.
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  2. 2
    Mix ingredients.
    Mix the flour, salt, and warm water together in the mixing bowl to form a dough.
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  3. 3
    Make elastic.
    Knead the dough with your hands until the dough becomes elastic.  
    1. How to knead.  
      1. Flatten. Press your fingers, knuckles, or the heel of your palms down into the dough.
      2. Roll. Roll the dough into a ball.
      3. Turn. Turn the dough ball at least 90 degrees
      4. Repeat until the dough is elastic.
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  4. 4
    Optional; Add oil or coloring.
    Add oil, paste, or extra water to moisten the dough. The mixing phase is also a good time to add food coloring, sprinkles, or tempura paint.
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  5. 5
    Sculpt the dough with your hands into whatever shape you wish!
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  6. 6
    Optional; Use tools to design.
    Standard kitchen tools work great for adding detail to sculptures. Cut details into the dough with butter knives or the handle end of a spoon.
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  7. 7
    1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
    2. Bake for at least 10 minutes. The baking duration depends on the size and thickness of the sculpture. Check larger pieces frequently to avoid burning.
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  8. 8
    Let harden.
    Let the sculpture cool down. Larger artworks will take much longer to cool down.
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  9. 9
    Optional; Paint.
    Once the sculpture has cooled, paint can be added. Have fun!
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Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • Store unused dough. Any unused dough can be stored in the refrigerator for a long time. Cover the dough. If it is dry when removed, simply add more water to moisten the mixture.
  • Air dry smaller pieces. Smaller sculptures can be air dried for several days instead of baked.
  • Cover and bake. Covering the sculpture with aluminum foil can prevent browning. If you need to bake a piece for a long time, cover it.
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Questions and Answers

How to create clay for a sculpture? How to harden a sculpture?

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