homemade salt dough donut craft for kids

homemade salt dough donut craft for kids

Donut Salt Dough ornaments

This was a fun project for National Donut Day. We made salt dough ornaments which we painted with acrylic paints once they were dried. It was honestly so easy to make these and would be a totally appropriate project at home for young people. Kids aged 10+ might even manage this one very independently whilst younger ones will very much enjoy doing this but will require a fair but more supervision and help.

The recipe for these ornaments didn't even need baked in the oven, although if you want to speed things up, you can bake them for 2-3 hours at a very low temperature. I was working with two preschoolers and decided the painting session wasn't going to be that day; so we left ours by the fire (but a sunny window would work too) and the next morning, they were perfect solid, unbreakable by hand ornaments.

donut salt dough ornaments

YOU WILL NEED

1 cup flour
1 cup salt
water
paints (we used acrylic)
paintbrushes with a range of different sized tips

donut salt dough ornaments

To make the salt dough:

It's a simple 1:1 ratio; so you can work with any volume you like really, you'll also want to consider how big you want the donuts to be. We did mini donuts and made about 25!

Add the 1:1 ratio of flour and salt to a bowl and mix. Now slowly add enough water until a thick dough that you can knead like normal play dough is formed. 

To make the donut shapes:

Roll a piece of dough into a smooth ball shape, place it on a flat surface and press down on it with your finger; then pierce the middle with the end of a paintbrush (see image above).

The other way which is what my preschoolers did was to roll a piece of dough into cylinder shape, the curl it round on itself to form a ring (see if you can spot these above!).

Then you can set to work with painting, not forgetting to let the paint dry between different layers of color being applied.

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