How To Make Salt Dough Bowls

Learn how to make salt dough bowls using this easy salt dough recipe, see the link below. As with all my handmade craft ideas the instructions are easy to follow.

These small salt dough bowls are really easy to make and look great filled with potpourri. The bowls are not waterproof but will hold anything that's dry.

Once you have had a go at these little ones you will be able to make larger bowls for fruit or veg.

Preparation ~ Recipe for Salt Dough

If you haven't yet made your dough click on the link for Mia's recipe for salt dough.

You will find easy to follow instructions and photo's to show you how to make the basic salt dough.

You will also find lots of tips and techniques to help you create your own salt dough craft ideas.

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Coloring Salt Dough Recipe

I have used plain dough for this project but you can use colored dough if you prefer.

Once you have made your dough you can color it, click on the link for Mia's colored salt dough recipes.

There are two different options using either acrylic or powdered paints.

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Materials and Equipment

  • Salt dough
  • Water
  • Knife or flat modelling tool
  • Bowl shaped mold
  • Baking paper
  • Baking tray
  • Access to an oven
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes if painting
  • Varnish
  • Varnish brush
  • White spirit for cleaning varnish brush

Mia's Top Tip

If you want to make a larger bowl your dough should be a bit thicker so it doesn't crack.

You will also need to bake larger items for longer.

If you intend to use your bowl for unwrapped food items such as shelled nuts then check that the paints and varnishes you use are suitable.

If you are not sure then only use your bowls for wrapped food or non edible items.

These salt dough bowls are not waterproof but if varnished properly you should be able to wipe them over with a damp cloth.

How To Make Salt Dough Bowls Tutorial



Roll out the dough to a thickness of approx 1cm (3/8").



Place the dough over your chosen mold.

Gently model the dough to fit snugly around the mold.

Leave the mold in place whilst baking.



Once the dough is firm and will not lose it's shape you can remove the mold to finish baking.

Bake in the oven following the instructions below.

Once fully baked you can paint if you wish. Finish with two coats of varnish to make sure the dough is sealed and moisture can't get in.

Baking Your Salt Dough

Bake in the oven at 100oC for around 12 hours or overnight depending on the thickness of the dough.

The dough should be completely solid when baked properly. You can test a piece by trying to insert the tip of a safety pin into the bottom of the dough ornament, if the pin pushes into the dough easily then continue baking.

Another test is to gently tap the bottom of the dough ornament with your finger, it should sound hollow if thoroughly dried.

Mia’s Craft Ideas

We made the pattern on the bowl above by pushing a patterned icing nozzle firmly into the dough.

You can use anything to make a pattern on the dough but make sure you press firmly or the pattern may disappear during baking.

You can also imbed beads (as shown in the candle holder in the photo), leaves or coins into the dough to create different patterns.


Make sure whatever you imbed into the dough will withstand the baking temperatures.

Make a set of tiny little bowls (use bottle caps as molds), these make great salt dough ornaments on their own.

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