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DIY: Marbled Salt Dough Ball Garland • Mommy Gone Tropical

DIY: Marbled Salt Dough Ball Garland

  • How to make a marbled salt dough ball garland
  • How to make a marbled salt dough ball garland

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Salt dough projects are popular these days! I would know because I’ve made a couple like these sea salt dough ornaments and this salt dough family tree ornament for Christmas.

I will show you how to make this salt dough ball garland because it is so easy!

I’ve never really seen any salt dough projects that had the marbled effect, so I thought I’d do one!

This marbled salt dough ball project doesn’t have to be just for a garland, it can be a bracelet, necklace, or whatever you can think of! It can be a salt dough gift for someone.


How to make a marbled salt dough ball garland

The salt dough recipe:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • Food coloring or natural coloring.

Then you would need a piece of string and a toothpick/straw to punch through the holes.

That’s it! You only need FOUR ingredients and I am sure the salt, flour and food and/or natural colorings are already in your kitchen. I sure hope you have water, too!

  1. In a large bowl, mix salt and flour.
  2. Gradually stir in the water and mix well.
  3. Use your hands to knead the dough. Knead for a while because it will make the dough smoother.
  4. Split the dough into sections. I split mine into four sections.
  5. I put several drops of food coloring in each.
  6. Knead the colored doughs until they’re all mixed in.
  7. Take a part of each dough and combine those with another part from a different colored dough.
  8. Gently combine them together and form a ball.
  9. Use a toothpick or a straw and punch through a hole in each ball.
  10. Leave them out to air dry or put them in the oven at 200 F until they’re completely dry.
  11. When they’re done, put a string through the holes.

How to make a marbled salt dough ball garlandThe idea of doing the marbled effect popped up while I was debating on which colors to use. I am so glad I did because I love this salt dough ball garland so much!

Unfortunately, my salt dough balls cracked in the oven because of the heat. I would recommend you to leave them out to air dry. However, air drying salt dough will take a while. If you decide to use the oven your holes may shrink so make sure to check on the balls to ensure that the holes aren’t closing.

If you prefer, you can eliminate the food or natural colorings and paint the balls after they have dried instead.

You can do this salt dough craft with kids!

It would be a fun activity to do with your kids because it can get messy and COLORFUL. My daughter, Coral had a blast forming those into balls and stringing through the holes with her little hands!

If you are doing this project for a garland, then keep in mind that the balls may be heavy. I tied the garland onto the bookshelf but I am sure you could use those Command Wire Hooks instead.

Is this simply the cutest salt dough garland ever?!

How to make a marbled salt dough ball garland

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  1. Jen says:

    So inspired to make this! Just love it!!

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