DIY: Salt Dough Eggs

March 11, 2013

Text and images by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

Easter is very early this year (three weeks from yesterday!). With the excessively deep snow covering the ground where I live, it doesn’t seem possible. But I am looking forward to it just the same. I’m ready for the bright colors, the pastels, anything with spring green. Since nature isn’t really bringing it yet, I am helping it along with the bright tones of these salt dough ornaments.

Salt dough lends itself to all sorts of shape making. Once baked to thoroughly dry, the dough is hard and can last for years. The dough is also paintable which makes it all the more fun.

Since I was little, we have had an Easter ‘tree’ of sorts – a branch in which to hang egg, bunny and colorful bits from. Part of this batch will hang on our tree but I hope to hang some outside. You see, if a spray paint or clear spray paint sealer is used, these ornaments can hung outside and inside alike.

I think seeing bright bits of color amidst the snow piles would be lovely, don’t you? Let’s get started.

Supplies:

- batch (or two) of salt dough
- rolling pin
- ruler, to measure dough thickness
- shape cutter
- spatula
- straw, for making holes
- parchment-paper covered baking sheets
- spray or acrylic paint
- paint pen, optional
- clear sealer, optional
- twine, ribbon

Mix up your favorite salt dough recipe. For this project, I used the following recipe:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

Stir together all three ingredients until a dough forms. Kneading the dough a couple times can help make it smoother.

Roll it out (I rolled mine to 1/4 inch thick) and cut out desired shapes.

Place the cut-outs on the parchment-covered baking sheets. Remember to make a hole so you can hang the ornaments — a straw works perfectly!

Bake at 250F for 2 hours.

Once the shapes are adequately baked, dried and then adequately cooled, it’s painting time. I like using spray paint because it’s faster and easier but acrylics work just as well.

Allow the paint to thoroughly dry. Use paint pens to add polka dots or lines of decorations to the eggs. Optional: To further protect the color and design, add a clear coat sealer.

Loop twine or ribbon through the holes and hang.

It’s feeling more spring like already!

P.S. — We love making things! Find more of our tutorials here.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah March 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

These are really cute. I remember making little branch trees like this as a kid. We’d cut out paper hearts and write our wishes for spring on them. Maybe it’s a tradition I need to carry on with my little girl too!

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2 amy c March 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

I like the wishes for spring! I have a few of my own. :)

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3 Shannon { A Mom's Year } March 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

We’ve always had Easter trees, too, but I never thought of salt dough eggs. Great idea! Maybe this will get us feeling more spring-ish–we’re covered in snow, too. :)

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4 Melissa March 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

These are so adorable! I pinned this and then came to your site to see how you painted your perfect polka dots and stripes. I love the idea of using paint pens! We’re going to make these today.

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5 amy c March 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

I hope you had fun making them!

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6 Caroline{Creative Party Themes} March 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

What a fun (and easy!) craft for the kiddos! We usually have about 15-20 children at our home on Easter and we’re always looking for fun new crafts to keep everyone busy in the afternoon. I think we’ll have to try this one this year. We shared this as a pin as well. Thanks for sharing!

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7 Mandy Byron March 12, 2013 at 1:10 am

I love these! Can’t wait to make some with my son. Thanks!

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8 Julie Elsberry March 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I too remember your “Easter tree”. Your Mom was so great about decorating for the seasons, and for the children. I am thinking about making these for some spring color, and grandchildren fun. Thanks Amy!

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9 amy c March 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

It would be fun to do some all together!

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10 Laura March 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Thanks for sharing! Just made these with my girls and I can’t wait to get our tree up :)

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11 Amanda Turpin March 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I was wondering if anyone has done these with the kids coloring the eggs with markers? Are the eggs too breakable for young kids to decorate with markers?

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12 amy c March 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Markers are perfect Amanda! As young ones, we colored our fair share with markers too. :)

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13 Pamela Mapes Bottjer March 23, 2013 at 9:10 am

My grandaughters and I are making these this afternoon to decorate next weekend!!! Love the idea. Thanks for pinning it!!!

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14 Amy W March 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Thanks for such a cute idea! My grandmother always had an Easter tree, and now I know just how to pass the tradition along to my son! Will be making these today!

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15 shannon March 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm

just made these, my daughter is having a party tomorrow and thought this would be cute for the little girls to decorate. unfortunately after following the directions as written, the eggs bubbled up and turned brown while baking. i am still trying to spray paint them but they sure didn’t turn out like the ones in the pin :/

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16 Christi April 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Somehow I missed this cute post a few weeks ago! Thanks for the cute reminder of this fun craft–haven’t done it since Brownies in the 80s!

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17 greatgma17 April 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm

thanks for the tutorial.
Im making a greatgrandkids tree. one egg for each child with name and picture on it, then hang on branch for display in frontroom.

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18 Lyn May 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Would these be okay to use as decorations outside?

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19 amy c May 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Most definitely Lyn! Especially if you use spray paint!

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20 Kat December 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

What kind of knot did you secure the twine with?

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21 Mandy February 19, 2014 at 6:10 am

I love these! We made them last year but set them on newspaper for spray painting. The paper stuck to the eggs. So lesson learned, we are going to try them again this year, here’s hoping they turn out better.

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22 Bethany March 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

You may have covered this and I missed it, but do you paint the eggs before you bake them, or after? And what types of spray paint do you use? Can you use the apple barrel craft paints or a nicer acrylic paint? Or will anything work? Thanks so much!! Excited about trying out this project :)

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23 janet fazio October 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Love this idea. I’m thinking pumpkins and autumn leaves now that it’s fall. Good way to put those cookie cutters to use.

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