DIY Salt Dough Starfish Project

One of my boys is in an art school, and had an assignment to create a sculpture. We only have a limited amount of supplies at our home right now, so we decided to make salt dough for him to create his art project. While we were making the dough, I thought about how I could use it to create something for my own home that I would love. I sent a photo to my mom and sister, and they both loved it so much they wanted to make them with their classroom. The great thing about this DIY Salt Dough Starfish Project is that it can literally be done by anyone that can roll play doh!

DIY Salt Dough Starfish Project

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DIY Salt Dough Starfish Project


  • 1/2 Cup Flour, a pinch more if necessary.
  • 1/4 Cup Salt. 
  • 1/4 Cup Water.
  • Coral colored paint and paint brush – I used red, yellow, and white paint.
  • Parchment Paper.
  • Mixing Bowl and Spoon.

Begin this project by mixing the salt dough. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir and knead together. If it is too sticky, add a little more flour, if it is too dry, add a little more water. Knead the dough until all the ingredients are fully mixed.

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Once you make the salt dough, you can begin your sculpture. Since I am not great at sculpture projects, I needed my project to be really simple. Originally, I wanted to make a coral sculpture, but that was above my skill level.

To make a starfish, you need to roll out two pieces of dough to about the same size. This is a great fine motor skill for little ones. Once you have two dough “ropes”, roll out a third one half the length of the other two.

Now, make an “X” with the two pieces of dough that are the same length.

Then, add the smaller piece of dough in-between one section of the X and gently pinch all three pieces together in the middle.

Your sculpture should resemble a starfish shape now.

I used the bottom tip of a paintbrush and gently added circular indents on the top of the starfish. This added a little dimension to the starfish.

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Finally, paint the starfish. I didn’t wait for my salt dough to dry before I painted it, but you can if you choose. I mixed a little red, yellow, and white paint to create a coral color since I didn’t have any here.

That’s it! I hope I have inspired you to create a beautiful DIY Salt Dough Starfish Project!

Also be sure to check out these 6 Easy Salt Dough Craft Ideas!

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