How to Make Salt Dough Picture Frames

Written by chelsea hoffman | 13/05/2017

Salt and flour create a homemade dough-like material that can be formed to make crafty items. Once it dries and hardens, it is long-lasting. Making such items as photo frames from salt dough isn't difficult and requires very minimal materials. Making your own dough photo frames gives you the ability to create custom frames for your photos and drawings, and they are easy to decorate.

Add the salt and flour to a mixing bowl. Pour 1 cup hot tap water into the bowl and mix the ingredients by hand until a dough ball forms.

Roll the dough with a rolling pin until it is about 1/2 inch thick.

Cut four strips of the dough measuring 1 inch by 8 inches.

Cut four strips of cardboard measuring 1 1/2 inch by 8 1/2 inches.

Apply a strip of glue along the surface of each cardboard strip. Place a strip of dough directly on top of each strip. Squeeze a dot of glue on the ends of each dough-covered stick and then connect them into the shape of a frame. Let it dry for about three weeks. This is to ensure that the dough has hardened.


Paint the uncolored dough of the frame and decorate as you see fit.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint the uncolored dough of the frame and decorate as you see fit.

Things you need

  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp salt
  • 2-qt. bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp knife
  • Cardboard
  • Craft glue

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