Starfish Salt Dough Craft -Decorations, Garlands and Ornaments

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What have you been baking in your kitchen? After seeing these you'll be baking decorative salt dough starfish! They make great decorations, garlands, and Christmas ornaments!

salt dough starfish

Salt dough starfish have a lot of personality!

craft starfish with salt dough
Only few ingredients are needed. 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup salt and cold water -plus your imagination. For the full tutorial, head over to Bird's Party! No forms/cookie cutters are used, just mold the dough to resemble a starfish. The finished shapes can be air dried or baked, then made smooth with find grid sand paper, and you can paint them too.

handmade dough starfish
But there is more than one way to make starfish salt dough decorations. Ann Kay Home mixes an equal amount of salt and flour, and doesn't form a ball but single "sausages" that she then puts together in a star shape. "A tiny amount of water helps to smoothen the surface to avoid visible seams. And I use a fork to prick the holes," she says.

salt dough starfish garland
String them up into a Garland and Hang them -pretty!

salt dough Christmas ornmant
Or turn your salt dough starfish into Christmas ornaments! By Lily and Bliss.

Starfish Salt Dough Christmas Ornament
And another example of a great salt dough Christmas ornament by Elizabeth Joan Designs.

starfish salt dough ornament
They look cute with ribbons too! By The Space in Between.
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Della said...

Very, very cool!

Tanya said...

Thank you for including my blog! They were so fun to make.

Michelle Paige said...

Love this! Pinned this!

Cat & Cricket said...

What fun!!

Beautiful Details said...

Too cute! I had forgotten all about making this stuff. I made a blueberry pie for a literature class in college, explaining how to make it. This brings back memories and new ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Sherri said...


Kathi said...

Great idea!

Juju at Tales of said...

That last one looks good enough to eat.

An Island Mom said...

So cool! I'm afraid mine wouldn't look that good, however, if there's no mold (or other people) involved. Love the idea, though.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

These look how they have the tiny holes in them.

southernscraps said...

Thanks for including mine!

Heaven's Walk said...

So cute! They all look so real! :)

xoxo laurie

Cindy said...

What a great idea...and I love that these are imitation and no starfish were harmed to collect them! ;-)

Tina said...

Fab idea. I'm gonna pin it!

Lili said...

OMGoodness how adorable! At first I thought they were pretzels though, so I kind of stopped in my tracks when I read that you sand them with sandpaper to make them smooth! haha! ~Lili

vicki said...

Seriously- how cute are these--- I think even I could do this. They really do look real----

MagicMarkingsArt said...

these are the perfect craft to create with children! can't wait to try making them in my summer art camps! thank you for the inspiration.

Kathy said...

These are awesome!! I've pinned also! =)

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

I've been wanting to make some of these for the past year. I finally made some this month that I blogged about after gluing them onto a life-ring wreath for our boat.

Problem was, the seagulls starting eating them! I had to replace them with shells. Live and learn.

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