Painted Gluten Free Playdough / Salt Dough


For the girls’ birthdays they used their money to buy this book called, Green Crafts for Children. I could just eat this book up. It’s so pretty that in the week we’ve had it, the girls and I can’t stop looking at it. We want to do everything, but these Salt Dough Fruit are our second project from the book, following the Cork Animals (so cute!). The recipe in the book called for wheat flour, but I substituted with cornstarch. Rather than use all my nice sea salt in clay, I also went out and bought some salt for less than a dollar—salt that I wouldn’t feed my family :-)


Gluten Free playdough

1 cup of water
1 cup of salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup of cornstarch (I’ve also use tapioca, but it doesn’t work as well as cornstarch)

1. Bring the water to a boil. Add the salt and stir for about a minute to partially dissolve the salt. (Most of the salt won’t dissolve).
2. Turn off the heat and stir the coconut oil into the salt and hot water mixture. Set aside.
3. Put the cornstarch in a mixing bowl, and add the salt mixture.
4. Stir the mixture carefully (it will be hot).
5. Let the dough cool until you can touch it with your hands.
6. Knead the dough, and then it’s ready for playing!


You can also bake this dough!!!
1. Put your creations in the oven at 200 degrees for several hours or until they are completely dry. The thinner the pieces are the faster they dry of course :-)
2. Let the baked pieces cool, then paint them if you want.

TIP: At Christmas we like to use cookie cutters and put a hole in the top of each so we can use them as ornaments after baking and painting. This also works for making necklaces, as shown in the book.

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♥, Kelly


  1. says

    Oh my girls would love this! Thanks for sharing and for the cute photos! I am going to look for that book now – looks in line with the types of projects we do.
    -Ali :)

  2. says

    Those are amazing!! You might want to expand the idea and get a jump on Christmas and make some neat ornaments. We still have some salt dough ornaments a cousin made with her kids. Those kid are now in their 20s and the ornaments still look great!

    Saw your link on Twitter BTW–cool, huh?


  3. says

    Sorry I wasn’t clear, Kelly. Someone else put your link on Twitter … they “tweeted” on your link to share it with the world. :-)

    BTW, even those fruit pieces would make fun ornaments. I have both a watermelon and strawberry Christmas ornament that I love.


  4. says

    NEAT! I LOVE it! Never thought about gluten free crafting. Did you substitute because you don’t have wheat flour or because you didn’t want it to soak through the skin? I ask because I’m making the switch and have a HUGE bag of flour I bought for crafting a couple years ago. Thanks!

    BTW chicken is thawing to make your chicken pot pie tonight :o) can’t wait!

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