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Salt Dough Decorations

Here’s a crafty activity that’s perfect for cosy days at home.  Make your own Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush decorations, or personalised presents for family members at any time of year.


What you need

  • 1 cup of plain flour (about 250g)
  • Half a cup of table salt (about 125g)
  • Half a cup of water (about 125ml)


A fun activity that provides a sensory experience and develops fine motor skills. Use household objects or items from a nature walk to make patterns before baking.

The Experience

Heat your oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it forms a ball.

Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and roll it out. Cut out shapes, using biscuit cutters or use your hands to make models or fun shapes. Don’t forget to make a hole near the top if you want to hang them later!

Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid. Leave to cool and then paint. Use acrylic paints, glitter pens, stickers or even felt tips. Add ribbon or string and then hang on your Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush.