Salt Dough Easter Basket

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This salt dough Easter basket will look amazing as part of your Easter table decor!

It is so versatile you can fill it with whatever you like, whether that is Easter eggs, chicks or flowers that is up to you.

You can even use this for Easter egg hunts or as part of an Easter gift!

Watch the video below to see how I made this;

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Salt Dough Recipe

Before you start making your salt dough basket, you will need to make the dough.

I used this recipe by unsophisticook.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water

If you dont already have these ingredients at home, you can find the salt and flour on Amazon.

Mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl then add the water a small amount at a time to form the dough.

Once you reach the right consistency, take it out of the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface to make the dough soft and pliable.

Thats it! Time to assemble your basket!

Before we get to putting together your salt dough Easter basket, dont forget to Pin It! Click this save button to save and share this on Pinterest!

Salt Dough Easter Basket Pin pic

Salt Dough Easter Basket Supplies

You will need;

  • Your salt dough
  • An oven proof bowl 
  • A baking tray 
  • Oil
  • Aluminum foil or baking paper
  • A hot glue gun
  • PVA glue or clear varnish

Salt Dough Easter Basket Method

1. First, you need to roll out a piece of salt dough that is around 1cm thick.

Rolling the dough

2. Repeat this 7 more times.

3. Place your bowl upside down on your covered baking tray and give it a light coating of oil. This will prevent the basket sticking to it once it’s cooked.

4. Place your rolled pieces of salt dough from the bottom of the bowl down to the baking tray, like this;

Vertical pieces of dough

5. Now you need to roll another length of salt dough, about the same thickness. This time you need to weave it over and under the 8 vertical pieces.

Weaving the salt dough easterbasket

6. Continue doing this until the base of the bowl is covered.

7. Add 8 more vertical pieces of salt dough in between the first 8, then continue to roll and weave more lengths of dough around the bowl unti you almost reach the baking tray.

8. Twist 2 lengths of dough together and attach this around where the bowl meets the baking tray.

Complete body salt dough easter basket

9. Roll out 2 slightly thicker pieces of dough and twist these together. This will form the handle of your Easter basket.

Twisting the hanlde for salt dough easter basket

10. Place the handle onto the baking tray in a curved shape, then place the tray into the oven on the lowest heat. You need to cook the basket for around 4 hours, or until it is hard.

Ready to bake salt dough Easter basket

Final Steps To Complete Your Basket

Once the basket has cooled down, paint it with some PVA glue or a clear varnish to prevent it going bad. 

Now you need to attach the handle by carefuly using a hot glue gun to secure it to the inside of your basket.

Once the glue has dried, you can decorate it however you like! Why not try painting it a different colour?

I filled mine with some brightly coloured Easter eggs and chicks to create a stunning Easter decoration.

complete decorated salt dough easter basket

Don’t forget to share your creations with me on Facebook or Instagram, I’d love to see them!

Have a wonderful Easter!

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