Salt Dough Pumpkin Patch

Salt Dough Pumpkin Patch

Make a salt dough pumpkin for your yard decorations this year for Halloween.

What you need

1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup water
orange acrylic paint
Gold glitter paint
2 green toothpicks, broken or cut in half

IMPORTANT NOTE: This recipe for salt dough makes a lot of projects. If you only plan on making a few, cut this recipe into fourths or in half.


Preheat oven to 250 F. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. BE CAREFUL. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.

THIS DOUGH IS NOT EDIBLE, though it won’t hurt you or your kids, it just won’t taste very good!

Roll dough in your hands to form different sized balls. Line them up on a cookie sheet, touching each other so that they will be one piece after baking. Use a toothpick to draw lines on the pumpkins.

Insert toothpick halves, point size down, into the top center of the pumpkin to create the stem. Be sure to do this step BEFORE baking.

Bake for approximately 2 – 2.5 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. For best results, allow to cool and dry overnight, or for at least 4 hours.

Paint pumpkins with two coats of orange paint, allowing to dry in between coats. When dry, paint with a coat of gold glitter paint or glitter glue. Let dry.

About the Author:
Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda.

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  1. craftygurl says

    great idea- i want to try! But when I go to bake the dough, do I need to worry about it sticking to my cookware? Will it be fine to put on a cookie sheet/stone?

  2. its verycute i love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Me and my little brother is probably going to make this for our teachers for halloween

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