Strong And Smooth Salt Dough Recipe With Cream Of Tartar

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Salt dough ornaments are a fantastic and budget-friendly activity for the whole family. They’re perfect for keeping the kids entertained during rainy days, creating personalized holiday decorations, or even making unique handmade gifts. This recipe incorporates cream of tartar, which helps to activate the gluten and make the dough smoother and easier to work with. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to make and requires minimal ingredients you likely already have on hand!


No Cook Play Dough — Pioneer Valley Montessori School
No Cook Play Dough — Pioneer Valley Montessori School

1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional, but recommended)

  • Instructions:

    1. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar (if using).
    2. Mix in Wet Ingredients: Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the vegetable oil and lukewarm water. Using a spoon or your hands, mix everything together until a soft dough forms.
    3. Knead the Dough: On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. You may need to add a little more flour if the dough feels too sticky.
    4. Get Creative!: Now comes the fun part! Roll out the dough to a desired thickness, typically between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. Use cookie cutters in various shapes to create your ornaments. Don’t have cookie cutters? No problem! You can use a knife to cut out your own shapes or even get creative with objects from around the house like bottle caps or straws.
    5. Make Holes for Hanging (Optional): If you plan on hanging your ornaments, use a straw or toothpick to create a small hole at the top of each ornament before baking.
    6. Bake Your Ornaments: Preheat your oven to 275°F (135°C). Transfer your ornaments to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the ornaments are firm to the touch and slightly golden brown around the edges. Allow the ornaments to cool completely before decorating.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Ornament):

    Calories: 70

  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 340mg (depending on salt brand)
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 1g

  • Please Note: These are approximate nutrition facts and may vary depending on the ingredients used.


    Salt dough ornaments are a delightful and affordable way to unleash your creativity and create personalized decorations for any occasion. The addition of cream of tartar in this recipe helps to make the dough smoother and easier to handle, perfect for crafting those intricate shapes. So grab your ingredients, gather your family, and get ready to have some fun!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I paint my salt dough ornaments? Absolutely! Once your ornaments are completely cool, you can decorate them with acrylic paint, glitter, markers, or anything your heart desires. Let your creativity shine!

    2. How long will my salt dough ornaments last? When stored properly, your salt dough ornaments can last for years! Simply store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

    3. What if my dough is too sticky? If your dough feels too sticky when kneading, add a little more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a smooth and elastic consistency.

    4. What if I don’t have cream of tartar? No problem! While the cream of tartar helps to activate the gluten and make the dough smoother, you can still create salt dough ornaments without it. The dough may be slightly more crumbly, but it should still be workable.