Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Salt Dough

I used to make playdough quite often. Somehow, I fell out of the habit, and my children have had to put up with the store-bought stuff. Tonight, dd was feeling left out from her brother's games, so I made some salt dough. We'll play with it for a few days, and then make Christmas decorations. (Ds wants to make one giant star for the top of the tree! I can just see the slo-mo fall of the tree!!!)

Salt Dough


4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1-1/2 cups hot water (from tap)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (optional)

Mix the salt and flour together, then gradually add the water until the dough becomes elastic. (Some recipes call for 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil at this point.) If your mixture turns out too sticky, simply add more flour. If it turns out too crumbly, simply add more water. Knead the dough until it’s a good consistency—then get out rolling pins, cups, bowls, straws, cookie cutters, plastic utensils, and let the fun begin!

If you want colored dough, mix food coloring, powdered drink mix, or paint into the water before adding it to the dry ingredients. Or you can paint your creations after baking them at 200 degrees. Baking times will vary depending on the size and thickness of the object, but make sure that all of it is hard. If the dough starts to darken before cooking is complete, cover with aluminum foil. Painted keepsakes will need to be sealed on all sides with clear varnish or polyurethane spray.

You can store your salt dough in a sealed container in the refrigerator, but usually not more than a couple of days.

Added note- if you're planning on making paintable, dryable(is that even a word?) crafts, omit the oil.

Another recipe:

1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup/so water

Mix and enjoy!

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