The versatility of salt dough is a wonderful thing. Normally I associate it with seasonal decorations, but really, it deserves more! And normally I think of it as a ‘kids’ material, but it has the same beauty as fine porcelain ceramic art — without the need for kiln firing. It can be simple yet stylish and sophisticated if created with consideration. And it can last for years too!
We made this salt dough mobile as a little weekend craft. It was so easy regarding both time and ingredients. I’ll detail each step, but as an overview, so you can feel confident in how doable it is. We use this salt dough recipe (table salt, flour, water). Then once dry use watercolours, string, and a branch. It would make a great homemade gift for a new baby, a nursery decoration, a child’s birthday, or even a gift for a grandparent or teacher.
After we hung it up in the room, we made another batch of salt dough to make a sun, rainbow and moon, which are all waiting for paint — but I don’t even know if we will add them. I like the neutral and calm little cloud and raindrops all on its own.
After all… without rain, there wouldn’t be rainbows.
Instructions for the salt dough mobile:
For the dough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1. Preheat the oven to 120 °C and line baking tray with baking paper. Although we did not bake ours! It was so sunny and hot we kept them outdoors in the sun every day for a few days, and just turned them over a few times in total.
2. Mix flour and salt in the bowl then gradually add water, stirring until combined.
3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out to desired thickness and transfer to baking tray.
4. Deciding a theme may be the most exciting part of this. What works in your home or as a gift? Use cookie cutters, or freestyle draw.
5. Plan out how you want to arrange the decorations. With the cloud we needed a few points on the bottom. With the raindrops we wanted things to hang from both the top and bottom of the rain. Use a needle or toothpick to make a hole about 1 cm from the edge.
6. If using the oven, bake for at least 3 hours, turning them once after 2 hours. You can easily leave them in longer or even over night!
Once dry, paint with watercolour, if you like the translucent quality. Or use another paint. Then add string, and find a lovely branch.
We hope you use this little salt dough mobile as inspiration to make your own creation for your home!
Another craft that you can live with in your home for years to come is this this conker wall hanging. Something to look forward to in Autumn.