How to Microwave Dough Crafts

by Melissa Lewis
Use the microwave to dry your salt dough crafts.

Use the microwave to dry your salt dough crafts.

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Molding and making crafts with dough is an age-old activity, and hardening the dough was usually accomplished in the oven, which often took several hours to complete. Salt dough is a type of dough that you can harden in the microwave instead of the oven, if desired. Whether you are making Christmas ornaments or figurines, microwaving the salt dough crafts will take just a few minutes. When they cool, they'll be ready to paint.

Items you will need

  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Cookie cutters
  • Food coloring
  • Cookie cutters
  • Microwave-safe plate
  • Spatula
  • Wire cooling rack
Step 1

Make salt dough using one of many recipes. For example, mix 1 cup of salt with 1 cup of flour. Stir in 1/2 cup of water until you have a dough ball. Knead the dough on a floured surface for several minutes until it is smooth. If you want, add a couple drops of food coloring before kneading.

Step 2

Roll part of the dough so it is 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick and make shapes with cookie cutters. Or flatten them with your hand and shape and mold them as desired. You can also make them with a bigger base so they stand up like small sculptures or figurines.

Step 3

Place the shapes or figurines on a microwave-safe dish. They should not be touching.

Step 4

Microwave for 30-second intervals, and check each time to see if the dough is hardening. Typically, it takes about 1 1/2 to two minutes total.

Step 5

Take the shapes or figurines off the dish with a spatula and place them on a wire rack to cool. When they're cool, paint or draw on them with markers, if desired.

About the Author

I love writing and write children's stories on the side, but have yet to be published. Before staying at home with my children, I was a media specialist for five years in which one of my duties was to assist students and teachers in researching information and then evaluating the reliability of the source. I am also a radio script writer for the non-profit organization, Christian Walk Alive, and write four episodes a year. In addition, I edit the episodes of the other writers. I am a homeschool mom to four wonderful children.

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