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Salt Dough Rainbows

Rainbows have become a real symbol of hope recently, ‘after every storm comes a rainbow’. Here is a little rainbow craft idea for Salt Dough Rainbows.

Salt Dough Rainbows
What do I need to make a Salt Dough Rainbow?
  1. Salt Dough Recipe – 1 cup of plain flour (don’t use self raising flour as it makes the rainbows go puffy), 1/2 cup of tap water and 1/2 cup of table salt.
  2. Round shaped biscuit cutter and an egg shaped biscuit cutter.
  3. Colourful child friendly paints.
  4. A pencil.
  5. Some wool.
Salt Dough Rainbow Ingredients
How do I make a Salt Dough Rainbow?
  • Pre-heat the oven at Gas Mark 3.
  • To make the salt dough you need to mix the plain flour and table salt together and then add the water. Just add a bit of water at a time, until you get a nice ball of dough, which you can roll and cut.
  • Next use the round biscuit cutter to cut out a circle in the dough. Remove the cut out circle from the rest of the mixture. Then use the top of the egg shape to cut out the bottom of the rainbow (see picture) in the circle. Then use a blunt knife to cut the two sides on the rainbow so they are flat not ‘spikey’. You will then be left over with some dough which wasn’t used for the rainbow. Save this salt dough to re-roll with the left over dough and make different rainbows using different sized circle cutters. Alternatively you could mould the salt dough by hand to create rainbow shapes.
  • Use a pencil to make a hole in your dough at the top of the rainbow. This will allow you to put a piece of wool through it at a later so you can hang them up.
Salt Dough and Circle Cutter
Making rainbows
  • Use the above technique to cut out some more rainbows.
  • Put the cut out rainbows onto a baking tray with grease proof paper on it. Then place the tray in the over for approx 3 hours, on a very low heat Gas Mark 3. Keep an eye on the salt dough and take out when the rainbows are rock solid.
  • Let the rainbows cool.
  • Once cool you can paint the rainbows. Use different coloured paints to make stripes on the rainbows. (You could split this activity over two sessions – make them one day and paint them on another).
  • Thread a length of wool through the hole you made in the rainbow so you can make them into decorations.
  • Why not gift your rainbows to friends and family.
  • If you wanted to you could also varnish the rainbows, which will help them last even longer.
Salt Dough Rainbows
Extension Activity

Why not make up the salt dough recipe and see what cookie cutters you have around the house? Maybe make salt dough shapes, animals, letters etc. Once cooked and cool you could decorate them.

Check out more craft, activity and recipe ideas here.


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