Craft a salt dough sculpture
Edited by Rich, Kirk, Ephraim
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!
Tools & Ingredients
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring cups
- Optional: Oil or Paste
- Optional: Coloring Agents
- Optional: Shaping Tools
- 1Decide 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.2Mix ingredients.Mix the flour, salt, and warm water together in the mixing bowl to form a dough.3Make elastic.Knead the dough with your hands until the dough becomes elastic.
- How to knead.
4Optional; 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.5Shape.Sculpt the dough with your hands into whatever shape you wish!6Optional; 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.7Bake.
- Flatten. Press your fingers, knuckles, or the heel of your palms down into the dough.
- Roll. Roll the dough into a ball.
- Turn. Turn the dough ball at least 90 degrees
- Repeat until the dough is elastic.
8Let harden.Let the sculpture cool down. Larger artworks will take much longer to cool down.9
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- 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.
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.
Categories : Arts & Crafts
Recent edits by: Kirk, Rich
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