How to Bake Craft Dough

By Rachel Ford ; Updated September 15, 2017
Bake craft dough in an oven to dry your creation quickly.

Magnets, ornaments, paperweights and small decorations are just some of the creations you can make using craft dough, also known as salt dough. Before you paint or embellish these crafts, set them outside to dry for a couple of days, undisturbed. To speed up the process, bake the dough at a low temperature for just a couple of hours. Baking produces better results, as your craft dough become harder and less delicate.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature allows the dough craft to dry without browning.

Grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper to prevent the dough from sticking. This allows you to remove your project easily after it has cooled.

Transfer your project carefully to the baking sheet. Open the oven door and place the baking sheet inside on an oven rack near the middle of the appliance.

Bake for 2 to 3 hours. A small project may finish baking at 1.5 hours. Use oven mitts to remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the craft to cool completely, which takes at least 4 hours.

Finish your craft by painting or decorating the dough any way you choose.


If you have a delicate project, create it directly on the parchment paper or baking sheet.


Always take precautions when using a hot appliance.

About the Author

Rachel Ford has been a freelance writer since 2003, with work appearing in "Webb Weekly," a local print publication. She also served as a broadcast reporter for WGRC Contemporary Christian Radio from 2005-07, earning a Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association first-place award for enterprise reporting in 2006. Ford holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Wilson College.