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Pumpkin Spice Salt Dough Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Salt Dough is a spicy twist on the original (and it makes your kitchen smell amazing while baking). Use this (non-edible!) dough for crafting ornaments, gift tags, garlands, and more. All you need is flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and water. Bookmark this recipe for an easy fall craft!

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Salt dough house shapes decorated with white puffy paint.

I thought that Pumpkin Spice Salt Dough would be a fun spin on original salt dough and it smells amazing too! Salt dough is perfect for crafting with kids. You can get creative with sculpting, cookie cutters, cookie presses, and more.

After the salt dough is completely dry (whether you air dry or bake it) the pieces can be decorated with craft paints, glitter glue, puffy paint and more. Have fun with it!

Important reminder that salt dough is not edible! It’s just for crafting. =)

Here’s a quick glance at the difference between the original salt dough recipe and the pumpkin spice version after the ornaments have dried completely.

Supplies You’ll Need

Labeled ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Salt Dough: flour, water, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • Flour – regular all-purpose flour
  • Table salt
  • Pumpkin spice (trying making your own with my Pumpkin Spice recipe)
  • Warm water

What Do I Need to Make My Own Pumpkin Spice?

My recipe for homemade pumpkin spice contains ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. You can tailor the blend to your liking (particularly if you don’t enjoy one of those spices).

Of course, pumpkin spice (also known as pumpkin pie spice) is easy to find ready-made too. I purchased some from Aldi last year too and it worked great!

Spice containers in a row: cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, nutmeg.

My Favorite Tools and Cookie Cutters for Salt Dough

For shaping and baking salt dough I like having on hand rolling pins, cookie trays, and plenty of fun cookie cutters.

I own a set of animal cutters/fondant stampers and I think they are just so cute. This particular set is a bit small/detailed for younger hands (the penguin and frog are pretty sturdy) so you might need to help kids punch these ones out.

I also love my set of house cutters which I used last year to make salt dough house ornaments with puffy paint accents.

These snowflake cutters/presses are also really sweet and would be lovely for creating holiday decorations.

How to Make Salt Dough

Note: Find the complete printable recipe card at the end of this post!

Mix It Up

In a medium bowl, add 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice.

Pouring flour, salt, and pumpkin spice into a glass bowl.

Stir together until combined.

Mixing salt dough with a spoon.

Slowly stir in 3/4 cup of warm water.

Pouring water into salt dough ingredients.

Knead the dough together with your hands until all the water is incorporated.

Mixing and kneading pumpkin spice salt dough in a glass bowl.

Adjusting the Consistency

I usually opt for a drier dough as it is less sticky and will air dry or bake a bit faster. If the dough is really crumbly, add more water very slowly (about 1 tablespoon or so at a time) and mix thoroughly.

Creating With the Dough

If you’d like to make ornaments or gift tags, sprinkle a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to a 1/4″ thickness. Cut the dough with cookie cutters and cookie stamps and add holes for hanging with a skewer or toothpick.

If you are modelling or sculpting, keep your creations on the smaller side so that they can dry out sufficiently.

Cutting out house shapes from rolled out salt dough and arranging various shapes on a lined cookie sheet.

How to Air Dry Salt Dough

To air dry your creations, leave them on baking sheets to air-dry overnight. Flip pieces the next day to dry out the other side. Large creations may take quite some time to dry (up to several days).

How to Bake Salt Dough Ornaments

Bake salt dough for 30 minutes at 200°F, flip creations over, and bake for another 30 minutes. Depending on your creations, they may need up to a few hours to dry, but small pieces will be done in about an hour.

Salt dough animal cutout shapes: elephant, hippo, frog, zebra, giraffe.

How Do I Know the Dough Is Ready?

I suggest kneading the salt dough once you’ve added the water. It’s the fastest way to mix it in and you’ll be surprised how much flour you can incorporate once you use your hands.

If after kneading for a few minutes, the dough is still super dry and crumbly, begin adding more water just 1 tablespoon at a time (and kneading thoroughly in between) until the texture is correct.

Dough that is too wet is often still workable (provided it is not so wet that it is sticky) but it will take longer to dry out and won’t hold imprints as well (if you are using patterned cookie cutters or imprinting anything else).

Popular Questions About Salt Dough

What Is Salt Dough?

Salt dough is a simple homemade modelling clay that is made with flour, salt, and water. It dries hard (and a bit brittle). It’s cheap to make and toddlers and kids love crafting with it. Use it for small modelling crafts, Christmas ornaments, gift tags, and more.

Does Salt Dough Need to Be Cooked?

Preparing salt dough does not require an oven or stovetop. However, if you wish to dry out your creations more quickly, use your oven on very low heat.

Is It Better to Bake or Air-Dry Salt Dough?

I find I do slightly prefer the results of air-drying salt dough creations. The slower evaporation of water tends to keep the ornaments flat (versus sometimes bowing in the oven) and you avoid any puffing too. The salt also slowly rises to the top and creates a more sparkly exterior than baked ornaments.

However, air-drying does take a long time! If you opt to bake instead, keep the oven temperature low at 200°F and flip the ornaments every 30 minutes until dry or mostly dry.

Allow to air-dry overnight if not completely dry after baking.

Can You Make Salt Dough In Advance?

Yes, you can! I often prepare salt dough up to 5-7 days in advance and store it in the fridge. You can also save leftovers the same way if not all the dough gets used right away.

Is Salt Dough Good for Kids?

Definitely! Kids love playing with salt dough and it’s easy to make a huge batch to please the most enthusiastic crafters. Note that some kids might prefer the original recipe to this spicier blend.

More Salt Dough

Salt dough house shapes decorated with white puffy paint.

Pumpkin Spice Salt Dough

Pumpkin Spice Salt Dough is an easy variation on classic salt dough featuring, pumpkin spice! This fragrant dough smells amazing (especially if you put the finished ornaments in the oven to bake and dry). Use homemade or store-bought pumpkin spice!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Supplies
  

  • 2 cups flour all-purpose
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 cup warm water

Instructions
 

Mix It Up

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice until combined.
  • Slowly stir in 3/4 cup of warm water. Knead the dough together with your hands until all the water is incorporated.

Adjusting the Consistency

  • I usually opt for a drier dough as it is less sticky and will air dry or bake a bit faster. If the dough is really crumbly, add more water very slowly (about 1 tablespoon or so at a time) and mix thoroughly.

Creating With the Dough

  • If you'd like to make ornaments or gift tags, sprinkle a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to a 1/4" thickness. Cut the dough with cookie cutters and cookie stamps and add holes for hanging with a skewer or toothpick.
    If you are modelling or sculpting, keep your creations on the smaller side so that they can dry out sufficiently.

How to Air Dry Salt Dough

  • To air dry your creations, leave them on baking sheets to air-dry overnight. Flip pieces the next day to dry out the other side. Large creations may take quite some time to dry (up to several days).

How to Bake Salt Dough Ornaments

  • Bake salt dough for 30 minutes at 200°F, flip creations over, and bake for another 30 minutes. Depending on your creations, they may need up to a few hours to dry, but small pieces will be done in about an hour.

Notes

Make It Ahead: Salt dough can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge for up to a week if you’d like.
Store Leftovers: If you have leftover salt dough, store it in the fridge for about one week.
Storing salt dough ornaments and other creations: You want to be sure your creations are completely dry before storing. Excess moisture can start mold growing which we definitely want to avoid! 

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