Looking for a fun and unique Easter craft project for your kids?
Salt dough is a great option!
It’s easy to make, and kids of all ages can get involved.
In this blog post, we will share some ideas for Salt Dough Keepsake crafts that your kids will love.
From Easter eggs to bunnies, we have you covered! So grab the ingredients and get started!
Salt Dough Keepsake Ideas for Easter
This is the molding clay, also called salt clay or salt dough, that kids played with before the advent of Play-Doh.
Unlike Play-Doh which comes in prepackaged colors and with a definite, very recognizable smell (some say it is the smell of childhood) with salt dough made at home kids can be way more creative.
They can mix in food colors to get the the imagined perfect hue, add flavorings like mint, orange or almond extract.
Kids Easter Keepsake Rabbits
Crafty kids will enjoy shaping Easter bunnies of this easy salt clay, made from inexpensive pantry staples.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started,
Chances are all the ingredients for this fun Easter or springtime family craft activity are already in the pantry!
The salt dough recipe is:
A stove-top safe pan (a deep frying pan will work best) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (do not use olive, it has too strong a personality) 1 cup salt 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Mix the wet ingredients with the dry and add to the heated oil in the pan.
With a wooden spoon, stir to combine over medium-low heat until a soft ball of dough is formed, about 2 minutes.
Be sure the dough no longer clings to the pan or looks liquidy; if it does, cook the dough a little longer being careful not to scorch it.
When the salt dough is finished cooking and has the correct consistency, remove the ball of dough to a piece of plastic wrap and allow it to cool to room temperature.
Salt Dough Easter Figurines
If the kids choose not to color or scent the dough, decorations can also be added later, after forming the clay into bunnies or chicks or lambs or other springtime figurines.
Kept in an airtight bag in the fridge, the clay will stay soft and pliable, ready to be used again and again.
But to make adorable Easter rabbits fit for elegant Easter baskets filled with rich homemade chocolate truffles and petits fours, mold the clay and then allow it to dry at room temperature.
It will only take a few days.
Time To Decorate
Once the clay is dry, kids can decorate their creations with tempera paints, sequin glue, pom-poms, feathers and other craft store staples.
Let their imaginations roam: why not have a psychedelic blue bunny with pom-pom feet?
They’re art and originals. You can’t get those from the toystore, made from plastic and imported from China.
You can expect the grandparents to be very happy and surprised with their personalized Easter baskets.
They might remember playing with salt clay back in their mother’s kitchens.
It’s a Great Depression tradition that’s a happy one to bring back.
With a few pantry ingredients: salt, flour, and water plus the kids’ creativity, salt clay keepsake Easter rabbits are easy to make.
Salt Dough Keepsake Ideas for Easter
Salt dough is a great material to work with for kids crafts.
It’s easy to make, and it’s very versatile.
You can use salt dough to make all sorts of different shapes and figures. And, once it’s baked, it will harden and last for years.
That makes salt dough the perfect material for keepsake crafts.
Try using these tools for added fun!
Looking for some more fun Easter ideas?
Check out these posts:
- Quick And Easy Easter Crafts For Kids to Keep Them Entertained.
- Egg-cellent Family Fun Easter Activities for Kids
- An Easy Easter Game for Kids: Pin The Tail On The Bunny Game