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We are so excited to bring you our salt dough recipe today!  Our salt dough for baking is a very easy, tried and true recipe for making ornaments or other keepsakes with children!  

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We created salt dough gingerbread men ornaments this month as part of the 12 Months of Sensory Dough!  We made gluten-free salt dough ornaments for Christmas last year, when my son was still severely allergic, but he is now able to touch and eat gluten, so this recipe includes flour!  You can see all of our sensory dough posts here.  These little guys will be hung in my kitchen foyer on a beautiful piece of ribbon.  I’m considering them a Thanksgiving decoration :)


We made our salt dough recipe together, stirring and mixing — our full recipe is below.  The children enjoyed punching the dough and taking turns rolling.


We rolled the dough to about a 1/4 centimeter-ish.  You really can make it to any thickness you would like.


John cut each of the gingerbread men with a lot of precision.

DSC05340Getting the salt dough ready for the oven!


Poking holes with a straw for a ribbon later!


All ready for the oven, on parchment paper and a cookie sheet.

DSC05343May played with the left over salt dough.DSC05345

Invitation to Paint

After the ornaments were done cooking, I set out some paint and brushes and encouraged the kids to paint.


John loved it!!  He was so engaged and painted three very unique and beautiful salt dough ornaments!!  I could not be more proud!


May also loved the painting.  She daintily touched her brush to the different colors, announcing she was done as soon as her masterpieces were complete.


Best Salt Dough Recipe for Baking


1 cup flour
1 cup salt
3/4 cup water


I mixed the flour and salt together, then added the water 1/4 cup at a time.  I found that exactly 3/4 cup was perfect for the moldable dough we were looking for!

Next, we rolled the dough out, making sure to use a little flour on top and bottom to prevent sticking.  We rolled out pretty thin, which I think it better for baking.

We cut with a cookie cutter, used a spatula to get onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.

Then we baked for 2 1/2 hours at 200 degrees.  I turned them at about the half way point and kept checking them until I thought they were done.

Super easy salt dough recipe.  I think we’ll do handprints next :)

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This post is a part of the Best of the Best Sensory Doughs: 12 Months of Sensory Dough!  Every month, on the 12th of the month, we will be sharing a post on a different sensory dough.  Check out our collaborative Sensory Dough Pinterest Board for tons of ideas!! 

Here are the wonderful co-hosts:

Lemon Lime AdventuresGlittering MuffinsI Heart Crafty ThingsLittle Bins for Little HandsLook! We’re Learning!Natural Beach LivingPowerful MotheringStill Playing School, Sugar AuntsThe Eyes of a Boy, The Life of Jennifer Dawn

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Do you have a post on Salt Dough that you’d like to share? Please link below!  Please read the following guidelines before linking up:

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the month’s theme. Feel free to link old or new posts that highlight your favorite recipes for sensory dough. Failures and unsuccessful attempts are welcome.
  • We ask that no posts are linked with copy/paste recipes from other sources. If you use a recipe from another source, please link back to the original recipe.
  • By linking up, you give permission to share your post and one photograph in future posts and through social media channels.
  • The linky will remain open for two weeks. On the 12th of each month, all co-hosts will post a new dough with their spin, highlighting at least one post from the month before and pin each post to the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Board.

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