Monday, November 30, 2009

Salt Dough Animals

Over the long weekend, I made up a batch of salt dough, and the kids and I spent some time creating an array of critters.

We used this book from the library for inspiration, and I used this simple recipe for the dough:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1/2 water, then I added water & kneaded until I got the right consistency.

I think the owls are our favorites. I used sharp micro-tip scissors (Cutterbees are great because the dough doesn't stick to the blades) to cut the triangle shaped feathers into the dough.

The hedgehog is cute too! He's formed around a ball of aluminum foil, so the dough dries consistently in the oven. The prickles are formed the same way as the feathers on the owl; I just let them stick out a little more.

We're going to start painting our animals this afternoon. I kind of like 'em "nekkid" though.


  1. thanks for the recipe, I love that you don't have to cook the dough before you sculpt anyway;) the critters are super cute! love the hedgehog!

  2. Oh my gosh ... how cute are these critters! What a fun thing to share with the kids! They are really awesome ... LOVE the little mice ... very cool!!