How to make dough flowers

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How to make dough flowers
Mix up some easy salt dough in your kitchen and use it to sculpt several flower creations. (Yeast dough image by Elzbieta Sekowska from

If you want to sculpt flowers to use them for magnets, jewelry, gift toppers or ornaments, make your own salt dough at home. Once you have mastered the recipe, you can make dough flowers using a variety of techniques, including hand-sculpting. This basic primer will get you started on your way to making dough flowers; after that, the possibilities are up to your imagination. This recipe will make enough dough for several flowers.

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Things you need

  • Salt
  • All purpose flour
  • Water
  • Plastic bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Biscuit cutter
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Paint and paintbrushes

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  1. 1

    Mix 273 g (1 cup) of salt, 227 ml (1 cup) of water and 250 g (2 cups) of all purpose flour in a bowl. When it gets hard to mix with a spoon, use your hands to knead the dough. Mix thoroughly and place the dough in a plastic bag to retain moisture.

  2. 2

    Pull a baseball-sized handful of dough out of the bag and roll it out on a tabletop using a rolling pin. The dough should be approximately 6 mm to 1.2 cm (1/4 to 1/2 inch) thick.

  3. 3

    Use flower-shaped biscuit cutters to cut the dough. If you do not have flower cutters, use a glass to cut the dough into circles and then use a knife to cut petal shapes out of the circles.

  4. 4

    Bake the dough in the oven at 149 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit) until the dough is hard and solid. This could take anywhere from one to three hours, so check the dough regularly.

  5. 5

    Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the dough to cool completely. Paint the flowers using acrylic paints and use them to hang on the walls or glue magnets to the backs.

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