Salt Dough Decorations

Salt dough decorations are easy with these step by step instructions and photo's. Mia will show you how to make these gorgeous roses to decorate your salt dough crafts.

These lovely roses are from a simple salt dough recipe that has been colored red.

You will find most of the ingredients and materials you need for this project in your kitchen. You can use these dough art roses to decorate any of your salt dough crafts.

Salt Dough Decorations - 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


I have used red and green colored dough in these salt dough decorations but if you prefer you can paint the dough after it's baked.

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 for base
  • Water
  • Red salt dough
  • Green salt dough
  • Paint brush or pastry brush for water
  • Knife or flat modelling tool
  • Pointed modelling tool (you could use a cocktail stick or toothpick)
  • 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


Practice getting the petals wrapped around the center several times before attempting to make your final flowers.

If it goes wrong just knead the dough together and remake the petals to start again.

If the dough gets to dry you can add a little water, if it gets too wet add a little flour.

Salt Dough Decorations Tutorial Page 1




Make a small ball out of some green dough.




Flatten the ball, don't make it to thin or it will just break up.




Make a leaf shape, slightly pointed at one end, rounded at the other.




Use a knife or modelling tools to make indentations in the dough to represent the leaf veins.



Stick to your dough ornament using a little water.

Make as many leaves as you need and put them in place before making your flowers.




Make 6 balls of dough in the color you want your flower to be.



Roll one of the balls into a cylinder shape.

Flatten 5 of the balls you want these quite thin.

As you will be using all of these together they will not be flimsy when finished.




Use your brush to dampen along one edge of each petal.



Wrap one petal around the cylinder shape.

It won't go all the way around but that's fine.




Wrap the next petal, slightly overlapping the first so the cylinder shape is covered.


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