Children's Activities · Childrens Crafts

Microwave Salt Dough Fun!

This microwave salt dough recipe takes the wait out of baking and allows you to get to paint your creations faster and have some fun with them!


1 Cup of Plain Flour

Half a Cup of Cooking Salt

Half a Cup of Cold Water

Flour to dust the surface you are rolling your dough on


Microwave Oven

Cookie Cutters


Rolling pin or similar

Watercolour Paints or similar

Paint Brushes

Craft Glue/PVA to seal the dough once painted

Items such as felt tip pen tops, fabrics scraps, scissors or a pencil to make textures in the salt dough.

Method: Measure and pour in to a mixing bowl your flour, then the salt. Add the water and use a round bladed knife to mix the ingredients together to make a dough.

Flour a surface then roll the dough out flat with a rolling pin and cut out shapes with cookie cutters or a knife to create any shapes you don’t have cookie cutters for! Keep the thickness of the shapes fairly thin 0.5 – 0.75cms.

If you wanted you could also model with the dough rather than using cookie cutters but again keep what you do fairly fine rather than chunky so that when it bakes in the microwave it can transform with the heat evenly.

Once you have cut out all the shapes you would like to, decorated them with any texture and made holes in them if you would like to hang them or adorn something with them!

Place the shapes on microwave proof plates and batch microwave – Only microwave 30-40 seconds at a time, if you go ahead and put your creations on for say 1 minute 30 seconds they will burn so giving them a quick burst of heat and allowing the heat to process the dough whilst you give the second batch some heat works successfully.

Your shapes will start to look drier and lighter in appearance. Turn the shapes over each time they have been in the microwave before heating them again. When you turn them over you will notice they are darker as there is still moisture in the dough and the surface will be soft, turning them over also stops them from sticking!

You are looking to have your shapes dried out evenly on both sides and biscuity – although they are not edible! Your shapes will also gain a salty looking texture.

Painting your shapes – I see acrylics used that can give the salt dough an opaque, heavy appearance so I chose watercolours, most likely you can blend and water down the acrylics but water colours are lighter to paint with and my preference, just don’t add too much water to make the baked dough too soggy.

Have a go with any paint you have at home available, you can even use marker pens and try a wet brush to blend the colours!

Gradients of colour are effective and using a dark colour for indentations with a lighter colour or removing colour with a brush to create highlights by wiping away paint. Have fun with this stage of the process too! I used some silicone moulds normally for fondant/cake decorating to make smaller shapes that could be glued to the larger shapes to add detail.

I have used a mermaid/underwater theme. With a couple of dinosaurs for my son that he enjoyed painting. I added wings to one dinosaur to lend it some extra magic!

Once the paint is dry coat your shapes in craft glue to seal them and make them a bit more durable.

You could create a little stop motion animation with the characters and a mobile phone, write a story by beginning with a simple sentence to a diorama you might make with them or think up some rhyming pairs of words to do with your characters and write a poem. Giving them names can also be fun! You could also draw or paint some scenery for them! Well done! Awesome work! Why not share photos of your creations with a friend or family member! Xxx

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