Salt Dough Recipe

This is a super easy salt dough recipe. Salt dough is great for making ornaments, handprint or footprint keepsakes, figurines, jewelry, dinosaur fossils, and much more.

salt dough recipe



  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup luke warm water
  • food coloring (optional)


Combine your flour and salt

Salt dough recipe

Add your water and stir until a dough forms

Salt dough recipe

Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until smooth. Let the kids help out with the kneading!

Salt dough recipe

That’s it! From there roll the dough out to the desired thickness. After you make your imprint let air dry or bake at 200 degrees for 2-3 hours depending on the thickness of the dough. To make salt dough dinosaur fossils  or for footprint ornaments.

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    • Brittany says

      If you have kneaded the dough for a good five minutes and it is still sticky then yes, just add a bit more flour and then knead again. Kneading is very important to get rid of the stickiness. I hope that helps!

  1. phyllis says

    This dough worked out much better than the dough that I used to make fossils last year. I did need to add more flour before giving it to the kids to knead. After they baked we “aged” them with brown chalk. We are taking them to the office tomorrow to play a trick on the principal (who is playing along). We are going to tell her that we found dinosaur bones on the playground!

    • Brittany says

      Oh I love the brown chalk idea! Thanks for sharing. That trick sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun.

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    • says

      Brenda, you can put it in the fridge in a plastic ziplock bag or food container until you are ready to use it and it should not get hard at all. If it seems a little hard (it shouldn’t be) you can add just a tiny bit of water and knead it again and it should be totally fine.


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