Salt Dough


This salt dough recipe is much like Play-Doh but can be baked to a permanent finish. The dough can be mixed with food coloring before modeling or painted afterward. Great for making Christmas ornaments for the tree!

An overhead view of a tray full of salt dough ornaments decorated with whole spices
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
10 to 12 ornaments


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup salt

  • 1 cup cold water


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Line a baking sheet.

  2. Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Add water, a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead dough for 10 minutes. Wrap and let rest for 20 minutes.

  3. Transfer dough to a floured work surface and knead until soft and pliable. Roll out to a thickness of 1/8 inch; cut desired festive shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer onto the prepared baking sheet; use a toothpick to make a hole in each ornament for hanging.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until dry and hard, about 2 hours. Allow to cool completely before decorating.


Yield will vary based on the size of the cookie cutters you use.

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