Salt Dough Creations

Mia's salt dough creations are easy to adapt to make a whole range of salt dough ornaments. In this tutorial I'll show you how to make a fairy plaque with step by step instructions and photo's.

You can change the subject matter easily, the fairy can become a little girl or boy. The same technique is used for teddy bears or animals too.

You will find most of the ingredients and materials you need for these salt dough creations in your kitchen.

Salt Dough Creations - 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 make your own salt dough creations.

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Coloring Salt Dough Recipe


We 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
  • Paint brush or pastry brush for water
  • Round pastry cutter
  • Garlic press
  • Rolling pin
  • Rolling sticks
  • Knife or flat modelling tool
  • Pointed modelling tool (you could use a cocktail stick or toothpick)
  • Small Bead for eye
  • Baking paper
  • Baking tray
  • Access to an oven
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Varnish
  • Varnish brush
  • White spirit for cleaning varnish brush
  • Ribbon to hang

Mia’s Top Tip



Try not to apply to much water or the base of the plaque will get very soggy and may break up.

It is a good idea to work directly on a piece of baking paper so you can move the plaque easily once it's finished.

Salt Dough Creations Tutorial Page 1




Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 8mm (1/4").




Use the plain round cookie cutter or glass to cut a circle.



Use a pastry brush or paint brush to dampen the dough.

Don't use lots of water or the dough will become soggy and unworkable.




Make a small ball of dough for the head of the fairy and place it on the dough circle as in the photo.



Gently press down on the ball to slightly flatten it.

Create a egg shape as in the photo.

The slightly pointed part will become the chin the rounded area is the top of the head.



Add a body shape underneath the head shape.

Use the photo as reference for size and shape.



Add rounded shape underneath the body for the top of the mushroom.

This will stick out a little more from the dough circle than the head and body.



Use a knife or flat modelling tool and a little water to stick the head, body and mushroom cap to the dough circle.



This photo shows the thicknesses of the different pieces when viewed from the side.

Make a small hole in the bottom of the mushroom cap.



Use a small piece of dough rolled out to make the stalk for the mushroom.

Fit the stalk into the hole in the mushroom cap.



Use the knife or flat modelling tool to create the gills on the bottom of the mushroom cap.

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