Salt dough is a simple and inexpensive modelling medium. It can be made quickly in your kitchen by combining 1 cup salt, 2 cups flour and 1 cup water, and mixing well. You can add food colouring to create many variations of coloured dough. After moulding the dough into desired shapes, let it air dry or bake it in a 200 degree oven for 1 to 4 hours, depending on the thickness of the project. If you want, you can finish with acrylic paint after it is completely cooled.
Salt dough projects are only limited by your imagination. Utilise whatever modelling tools you have available. Cookie cutters, modelling compound moulds, plastic silverware, toothpicks and wooden craft sticks all make effective sculpting tools for salt dough projects.
Refrigerator magnets make thoughtful gifts for almost anyone. Create shapes small enough for your magnet to support, usually smaller than 2 square inches. Flowers, fruit, vegetables, animals and geometric shapes make decorative kitchen magnets. Bake your finished product, paint with acrylic paint and glue a magnet to the back of the object.
Purchase an inexpensive picture frame; these can usually be found at a dollar store. Create interesting shapes and designs with your salt dough. Modelling clay moulds and small cookie cutters work well for this project. Simply mould and bake your shapes, finish as desired and glue to the picture frame. Leaves, fruits, favourite animals or sports gear add a custom touch to a store-bought frame. Holiday symbols such as Christmas trees, hearts, eggs or crosses can be used to remember a special day.
You can use salt dough to create homemade beads for a rustic necklace or bracelet. Mold the beads in to your desired shapes. Insert a toothpick to make a uniform hole through the centre of each bead. When baking, line your beads on the baking tray with the holes running vertically. If you lay the beads on their side, they may collapse on themselves. After baking, paint the beads and string as desired. Remove jewellery made with salt dough prior to bathing or swimming.
Purchase a plain terra cotta flowerpot from your local nursery. You can cut out and mould shapes with salt dough to decorate the exterior of the pot. Suggested cutouts can be natural-looking items such as leaves, flowers, fruits and vegetables. You can finish the objects with acrylic paint and glue them to the exterior of the pot. Pots decorated with salt dough creations should remain indoors or protected from outdoor elements such as rain.
Candles add interest to a room. Add flair with salt dough decorations glued to the outside of plain candleholders. Cube-shaped holders are very effective for this project. Simply fashion your desired shapes, paint or finish them as desired and glue them to the exterior of the candleholder.