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How to Make Salt Dough Into Fake Food

Updated April 17, 2017

Salt dough was commonly used in the crafting world many years before modern polymer clay. Hard objects can be created from the simple combination of salt, flour and water placed in a hot oven. Fake food can be created from this easy dough, and is a great craft to do with children as it is nontoxic and easy to clean.

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  1. Place the salt, flour, water and oil in the bowl. Knead the dough for 10 minutes.

  2. Choose which foods you would like to create. Roll out, cut, or shape the dough into the specific shapes that you want.

  3. Preheat the oven to 93.3 degrees Celsius.

  4. Place the created objects on a baking tray and insert it into the oven. Bake for one hour.

  5. Flip the objects over and bake for another hour.

  6. Remove the items from the oven and allow them to cool completely.

  7. Paint the base colour of the object all over the hardened clay. For example, orange all over a fake orange fruit. Let the paint dry completely.

  8. Paint another coat of colour over the object, this time incorporating other colours if they are needed. For example, a fake loaf of bread would gradually go from light brown on the bottom to a darker, golden colour on top. Let dry completely.

  9. Add small details over the object, for example, small seeds on the top of a bun.

  10. Tip

    Fresh dough should be used, however, old dough can still be used up to three days after it is made as long as it has been wrapped in cling film or placed in an airtight container. Sprinkle water on the dough in the bowl if it begins to dry. For a more elastic dough, add 2 tbsp wallpaper paste to the recipe.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Medium bowl
  • Baking tray
  • Toothpick
  • Knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Variety of acrylic paints
  • Medium paintbrush
  • Small paintbrush

About the Author

Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.

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