Let’s get creative with salt-dough! You’ll have a blast with your little ones as you create colorful fruits and veggies that harden once baked. Not only is this project inexpensive and eco-friendly, but you most likely have all of the ingredients in your kitchen cabinet!
This recipe was adapted from Green Crafts for Children.
- 1 1⁄4 cups plain flour
- 1 1⁄4 cups salt
- 2/3 cup of lukewarm water
- 1 TBS vegetable oil (we used olive oil)
- Water-based paints and paint brushes
- Stainless mixing bowl and wooden spoon
- Stainless baking tray + Parchment paper
- Pipe cleaners
- Optional: Glue
- Mix the flour, salt, oil, and water together in a stainless mixing bowl. Mix with your hands. Too watery? Add more water. Too sticky? Add more flour.
- Create shapes that resemble your favorite fruits and vegetables by molding the dough with your hands. When making the cherries and strawberries poke a small hole on top (later, you will insert a pipe cleaner as the “stem”).
- Place all fruits and veggies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Reshape if necessary.
- Bake in the oven for 1.5 – 3.5 hours at 210°F (depending on the thickness of the fruits and veggies).
- IMPORTANT: Turn off the oven and let cool prior to removal. This will prevent cracking.
- Once cooled, begin painting!
- When the base layer has dried you may want to add a second layer or additional details.
- Optional: Paint a layer of glue onto each piece. We skipped this step.
EVEN MORE SALT DOUGH IDEAS! Get creative and try making letters, shapes, ornaments, beads, cups, dolls, and so much more with this recipe!! Check out one of my favorite books for eco-friendly craft fun, Green Crafts for Children.
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