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DIY with salt dough - ideas for spring, autumn and Christmas

  • Spring: Colorful pendants
  • Summer: apple tree game
    • Rules of the apple game
  • seashell prints
  • Autumn: pumpkins
  • Winter and Christmas: tree of light

Salt dough is a cost-effective crafting material, with which one can produce all sorts of beautiful things. No wonder it has so many followers. In this DIY guide, we'll look at four specific guides. For each season, we present you each a great craft idea that you can implement in some cases with children from about eight years. Have lots of fun with it!

Before we begin with the description of the ideas, we show you the recipe for homemade salt dough in this article: Salt dough recipe These instructions form the basis of all four variants, which we present below. Alternatively, you can of course also buy salt dough in the craft shop for around eight euros per kilo. But homemade makes it all a lot more fun! Your children will love making the salt dough themselves. If you would like to learn more about dyeing and drying salt dough, we recommend these instructions:

  • Dry salt dough
  • Paint salt dough and dye

Spring: Colorful pendants

You need this:

  • salt dough
  • Food coloring
  • rolling pin
  • cutters
  • baking paper
  • toothpick
  • Thread and scissors

Step 1: At the beginning of the salt dough is dyed - with a few drops of food coloring succeeds in no time. Divide the dough into several small portions and dye them individually as desired.

Step 2: Then roll out the dough on a piece of baking paper with a rolling pin. The paper should initially protect the work surface from discoloration.

Step 3: Afterwards, use the cookie cutters to decorate all sorts of spring-like motifs - flowers, circles, hearts or even butterflies. Then remove the excess dough.

Step 4: Then use a toothpick to punch one hole in each pendant.

5th step: Now the salt dough pendants in the oven at 150 ° C for three quarters of an hour.

Step 6: When this time is up, let the trailers cool well. Then you can seal them with clear lacquer, which does not have to be.

Step 7: Thread each pendant on one piece and you're done!

Summer: apple tree game

You need this:

  • salt dough
  • drinking straw
  • wire
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • watercolors
  • brush
  • black edding
  • clearcoat
  • cube


Step 1: Take the salt dough and form a tree. Take a look at our pictures. Shape trunk and leaf crown as two elements. These are later glued together after drying with hot glue.

Step 2: Use a straw to prick six holes in the leaf crown.

Step 3: After the tree you form six more apples from the salt dough. For this, need six small salt dough balls.

Step 4: Use the pair of scissors to cut six equally long pieces (about 3 cm) from the wire.

Step 5: Put the pieces of wire in the apples from salt dough. Every little apple gets a piece of wire.

Step 6: Put all items in the oven for about 45 minutes at 150 ° C.

Step 7: Allow tree and apples to cool.

Step 8: Now glue stem and treetop firmly together with hot glue.

Step 9: Then paint the salt dough pieces with water colors and a brush.

Tip: paint the tree in the natural shades of brown and green and the apples in different shades of red, orange and yellow. Alternatively, you can use your imagination and use completely different colors than the typical ones.

Step 10: Let your work dry well.

Step 11: Write the numbers 1 to 6 on the apples with a black edding. So the first little apple gets the 1, the second the 2, the third the 3 and so on.

Step 12: Spray the apples with clear coat. Finished!

Rules of the apple game

Any number of people can participate in the apple game. The only requirement is that each player has an apple tree and six apples. Make as many sets as you need. Apart from the trees and apples, all you need is a conventional cube with eyes (1 to 6).

The first player rolls the dice and hangs the apple whose number corresponds to the number of points scored to his tree. Example: If he gets four eyes, he hangs the apple with the number 4 on his tree.

So it goes on in a row. Once every player's turn, the fun begins again. Sooner or later, each participant will have the moment, as he no longer has the apple corresponding to the rolled-up eyes. Example: One of the players scored four eyes, but already placed the number 4 apple. Then he has to attach one of his remaining apples to the tree of another player.

If a player no longer has apples, he must not dice anymore, but must wait. The winner is the participant whose apple tree is the first to hang six apples.

seashell prints

You need this:

  • salt dough
  • Shellfish
  • Spray paint in gold and silver

Step 1: Form uniform balls at the beginning.

Step 2: Then press the balls flat to make a thick slice. Then push the shell with the nice outside down into the dough.

Step 3: Let the dough dry - either by air (for at least 24 hours) or in the oven for 45 minutes at 150 ° C.

Step 4: Then the shell prints are painted or sprayed. We chose silver paint. So are the little impressions real eye-catcher for the bathroom.

Autumn: pumpkins

In autumn and Halloween pumpkins may not be missing. We will now show you how to make miniature models.

You need this:

  • salt dough
  • knife
  • Acrylic paints and brushes
  • clearcoat

Step 1: You need a big ball and several little ones for a pumpkin.

Step 2: Now roll the little balls into small sausages. Then take the big ball in your hand and attach the sausages to it. With a little water you can combine the dough elements well together.

Other variants:

The typical lines of the pumpkin can also be made with a knife. First, make a pumpkin. This can sometimes have an elongated shape like a pear. Then take a thin knife and pull with the back of the knife the distinctive lines through the dough.

Or you form a ball, which you then set with a long piece of wool. Always knot the thread in the top center and guide both ends of the thread in a line around the ball.

Step 3: Now let the salted dough dry as usual or put it in the oven for three quarters of an hour at 150 ° C.

Step 4: After the drying process and after the dough pieces have also cooled down nicely, the pumpkins are painted and then sealed with clear varnish.

Creepy haunted faces may not be missing on the Halloween pumpkins, of course.

Winter and Christmas: tree of light

In the following instructions, we will show you how to make a luminous tealight tree and a salt-thistle tree.

You need this:

  • salt dough
  • cardboard
  • Working creatively
  • rolling pin
  • knife
  • drinking straw
  • scissors
  • glue
  • small cookie cutter or a round pen
  • Acrylic paints and brushes
  • clearcoat

Download: Crafting template - Kegel

Step 1: First print out our craft sample. Cut out the template and transfer the outlines to a piece of cardboard. This template will now also be cut out.

2nd step: Then you need the salt dough. Knead the dough well that it is also beautiful evenly. Shape a ball. Then roll them out with the rolling pin to a thin plate (5 mm thick).

Step 3: Then place the crafting template on the dough. Use the knife tip to avoid the outline of the template. If you want to make a smoker tree, simply cut off the dashed line at the top on template and dough. The tealight tree can stay with it.

Step 4: Now put the cut dough aside. Now glue the cardboard cone together with hot glue.

Step 5: When the glue has dried, cover the cardboard cone with the dough. Easily cut off protruding dough edges with a knife. The edges should not overlap if possible, otherwise the dough will be too thick at this point. With a little water at the fingertip you can pass the transition well.

Step 6: The incense tree without a tip can only be decorated. For example, you can use the tip of the knife to engrave small stars. Simply cut several small crosses into the dough.

The tealight tree gets small holes through which the light can shine. To do this, cut small circles out of the dough with a straw.

Step 7: Now let the salt dough dry well - at least for 24 hours. The cardboard cone is guaranteed not to collapse.

Step 8: If the dough is dry you can now paint, spray or decorate the tree as you wish. We chose white acrylic paint - perfect for white Christmas. The smoker tree may also like to be striped white-red like a candy cane.

Step 9: After the acrylic paint has dried well, the tree is sealed with clear lacquer - done!

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