Salt Dough is super Simple, and very versatile. It’s a great alternative for those who want to make Witchcraft oriented crafts, but don’t have the money or patience for Clay and other materials.
You will need:
1 Cup of White Flour
1/2 a Cup of Salt
1/2 a Cup of Cold Water
I don’t recommend using Wheat or other Flours as some types of Flour (like Wheat) will usually need more water than others. This tends to throw off the water ratio requirement for the dough and can lead to the dough not forming or setting correctly.
I also recommend using a fine Salt as well. When I made my first batch I used Coarse Sea Salt and the finished pieces ended up a bit rougher than I would like. If Coarse Salt is all you have, though, giving it a coupe quick pulses in the blender first will help significantly.
To make the dough, simply mix the three ingredients together. Stir and knead the dough until it is smooth, cover, and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes. It’s super simple, and you can even cover it well in saran wrap and keep it in the Fridge for up to 3 days (you will have to warm it with your hands by kneading it again if you do). I don’t recommend freezing it, though, as freezing tends to ruin the Dough.
To make your pieces, Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Roll the dough out to the desired thickness with a rollingpin, and cut them out in the shapes you want. On of the things I really love about Salt Dough is that you can use anything from a butter knife and a stencil, to cookie cutters, or drinking glasses to cut the shapes you want. You can also cut them and then use a toothpick to engrave what you’d like on them and it tends to hold the decoration well.
After you have your shapes, place them cookie sheet and bake until dry. These do tend to rise and bubble a little bit, but I’ve found that cooking them with the oven door cracked helps to cut down on this a little.
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