#ClayAtHome Salt Dough Recipe

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Don’t have clay? Fear not, we’ve got a recipe for a clay alternative – Salt Dough! In this video, BCB Education Manager Natalie Armitage demonstrates how to make salt dough using three simple ingredients and gives other helpful alternatives to clay.

Clay At Home is an online creative learning programme to get people experimenting and engaging with clay in their homes. The programme includes video demonstrations of hands-on activities, podcast interviews with artists and social networking events.

Use the hashtag #ClayAtHome to share your creations with us and the rest of the community taking part in the programme.

Salt Dough Recipe


  • 1 cup (250g) plain flour
  • ½ cup (125g) table salt
  • ½ cup (125ml) water


  • Add the flour and salt to a bowl
  • Gradually add the water until the mixture comes together in a ball
  • Your dough is then ready to use!
  • Roll it out
  • Make a model
  • Create fun shapes
  • If you find your dough a little sticky – just put some extra flour on your hands and work area
  • Once you have finished playing with your dough, if there are any pieces you would like to keep you can cook it
    • Preheat the oven at its lowest temperature
    • Place your pieces on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
    • Bake for 3 hours
    • Once cooled, you could then paint your work