Dough Art: A Craft for Kids of All Ages

Dough art, or dough sculpture, is an enjoyable and easy-to-do craft for kids of all ages. I began sculpturing dough when I was but a wee one some 40 plus years ago. When I was a teenager, I made miniature versions of my cheerleader friends.

My adult daughters loved to create salt dough figurines during their holiday breaks.

How silly of me to think the girls would make Christmas ornaments!

I also sold salt dough when my sister and I had our arts and crafts business.My students also enjoy learning how to create dough sculptures and come up with creative ideas.My favorite time of the year for this craft is during December when the holidays approaches. The recipe is quite simple:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • Start with 1/2 cup of water and then add water until the mixture becomes the consistency of play dough

I mix a large bowl of flour and salt together first.

Make sure you leave a few cups of the flour and salt mixture together in case the dough gets sticky.

If you want to mix paint into your dough, mix the paint with some water and then add the flour and salt mixture.

Mix all of the ingredients together.

Knead the dough until it is smooth. The mixture should be moldable but not sticky. If it is sticky, add more of the flour and salt mixture.

You can roll the dough out and use cookie cutters.

Or, you can sculpt the dough into different shapes.


Create a standing figurine by placing dough around a cardboard cone covered with tin foil so the dough will not fall over.

Most importantly, have fun with all of the different items you can make.

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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