Salt Dough Recipe
(Baked and No Baked Salt Dough)

Salt Dough Recipe here has been tested in my kitchen and it's work!

The result may vary depends on the way you knead the dough or set the oven temperature but keep trying if you are not satisfy with your result at first attempt. 

When I bake my salt dough for the first time, the dough burst because oven temperature was too high. 

However, I would say, oven-baked salt dough is one of best alternatives for easy homemade clay because it will dry super hard after baking, strong - it won't crumbly and will last for decades when you seal it with spray varnish after it's dry.


I have a very good experience with salt dough recipe in this page. Look at below picture. Yes! My oven-baked salt dough animal figurine craft is  more than 3 years old in 2020 and it's still good - look the same as the time I finished the craft.

salt dough recipe - clayitnow

No baked salt dough is easy to make because it is air dry clay - no baking needed but of course it will take longer time to dry the dough. You'll depend on the sun and hot weather. 

Hair dryer may helps but be careful with the wind pressure that may ruin your model.

Another thing, after making many crafts with no baked salt dough, I'd like to share with you that some craft are not good and some are good. Some of salt dough craft crumbly and some stay as it is.

Then, I've found out that those craft which was still okay because I had added (was just an experiment) few spoon of rice flour and corn flour/ corn starch to my salt dough recipe. Try this and see if your no baked salt dough will be better than before.

Salt dough recipe tools & materials

  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl
  • Cling wrap
  • Baking paper
  • Oven
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookies cutter
  • 1 cup (250 ml) plain flour
  • 1 cup (250 ml) table salt
  • 1 cup (250 ml) boiled water
  • a small drop of cooking oil

How to make salt dough?

  • Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
  • Make a hole in the center and pour in boiled water little by little (use glove to protect your hands or spoon to mix the flour if the water is too hot).
  • Mix the flour, salt and water, add water as necessary until it's not crumbly.
  • Knead the dough about 5 minutes until it's smooth.
  • Add the cooking oil to make the dough soft, pliable and smoother.
  • Put some of the dough on the baking paper, use your rolling pin and use your cookie cutter to make various shapes for  hanging decorations or napkin rings. You can also mold the dough to make figurines or sculptures.
  • Turn on the oven to 325 degree Fahrenheit or about 160 degree Celsius, bake the object you made as above for about 1 hour (or less depends on the size & quantity) or until it's hard. 
  • Wrap the rest of the dough with cling wrap and store in a fridge.   

No Baked Salt Dough

I made salt dough leaf pendant with this recipe recently but without baking. 

leave pendant in salt dough, salt dough recipe, non-baked salt dough

We've also received requests from our web visitors to make a tutorial for rose salt dough without baking.

Many of them had a problem to keep the petals in place. It seems okay when the dough wet but crumbly when it's dry. 

Tips: Try adding 2 table spoon of rice flour and corn flour to your salt dough recipe to make it stronger. 

Click on the picture or link below to see rose salt dough tutorial without mold. 

saltdough rose no bake no mold

Rose Salt Dough

And, these are 12 animal signs in Chinese zodiac with baked salt dough. It's baked in the oven at 200 deg C for 20 minutes.

saltdoughcraft, 12 animal sign in chinese zodiac

Do you want to see how to make salt dough? Click on the picture and link below.

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Salt Dough Recipe Video Tutorial

Salt dough recipe tips:

  • If the dough in the fridge dries out, add few drops of water and knead it well before start making a model. 
  • Apply thin layer of fresh dough  if you see crack lines on your model after baking. 
  • Painting after it's completely dry: use acrylic paints or water color.
  • Coloring salt dough before kneading: mix warm water with few drops food color of your choice but this is not a good option because you will only have 1 color every time you make the dough.

Last but not least, please check out our tutorial on how to paint salt dough

how to paint salt dough, saltdough

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