How to Make Salt Dough Magnets

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Who else loves giving and receiving homemade gifts the most? I know I do. I have been wanting to learn how to make salt dough magnets so I can give a few as gifts. I have been a bit hesitant to try because stirring the dough can take some effort. I have nerve damage in my right shoulder which makes stirring anything for more than a minute very painful. I recently received a Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer and realized that it could easily handle the job of mixing the salt dough.

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How to Make Salt Dough Magnets

Salt dough is a type of dough that is made of salt, flour, water, and oil. It can be dried which makes it perfect for making ornaments or magnets.  Once you know how to make salt dough magnets, you can use this same recipe to create any other salt dough project.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • cookie cutter
  • parchment paper
  • magnets
  • ink pad for your magnets
  • rolling pin
  • Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer


  • Place the flour, salt, water and vegetable oil in your Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer. Mix with the dough hook and  mix until the ingredients resemble dough.

How to make salt dough magnets

  • Remove it from the mixer and place on parchment paper.  Roll with rolling pin until about 1/4″ thick.

How to make salt dough magnets

  • Using a rubber stamp, stamp random patterns around the dough. You can do this with or without ink.
  • Using a round cookie cutter, cut out several magnets from the stamped salt dough.

How to make salt dough magnets

  • Remove the excess dough. Place the parchment paper with cut out magnets on a cookie sheet.
  • Heat in the oven to 180F and bake for about 3 hours to dry. Check frequently. You don’t want them to brown.
  • Dough is done when you tap on it and it sounds hollow.
  • If you need to, gently file the edges of the magnet to smooth them out.
  • You can try coloring them in with markers over the stamped design if you want.
  • Let cool completely and attach the magnet back to the salt dough. I use the pre-sticky ones but you can use tacky glue if you want to.

You can skip the rubber stamps and instead paint the magnets or draw on them with markers if you’re artistic. I’m not really so the rubber stamps are much easier for me.


The Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer made the whole process so much easier for me. It comes with a flat beater, whisk and dough hook so I can use it for lots of different recipes and crafts. It has a 3.5 quart bowl and a 300 watt motor.

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  1. Chocolate chip cookies!
  2. Nancy Reid says
    I would make peanut butter cookies. My family loves them but they are so hard to mix especially when you have arthritis! 
  3. Beautiful, Ellen - you could make these so personal.  First thing I would make if I won, Mom's zucchini bread - yum!!
  4. Dawn Pruitt says
    I would make cookies, and cakes and all kinds of things!!  Your craft is awesome too!
  5. a pound cake
  6. Mary Beth Elderton says
    This would make the cinnamon oatmeal cookies I bake almost every week for Hubz' lunch a lot easier.
  7. I'd make some homemade bread or a cake from scratch. I haven't made a cake without store bought mix in so long.
  8. Pizza dough!
  9. Michele Brosius says
    I would make a no bake cheesecake. Lots of pot lucks coming up next month. 
  10. I love making salt dough ornaments. I think what got me was that salt dough state I had to make in 4th grade, it was so fun. 
  11. Leigh Anne Borders says
    I would make the salt dough magnets!  They are absolutely cute!
  12. Melissa Tippie says
    The first thing that I would make is chocolate chip cookies! Those are my son's favorite. Thank-you for a great #giveaway!
  13. tara pittman says
    I would make cookies.
  14. caitlyn collins says
    I'd make dozens of cookies to catch up from my lazy winter of no baking! 
  15. Your magnets turned out so gorgeously! I'd love to make some of my own or have my littles make some for our fridge! 
  16. Cinnamon rolls. I've been dying to make some since the new baby was born. :)
  17. Choc chip cookies
  18. Trey Borders says
    I am not really sure--a cake of some sort would be the first thing I do--just not sure which kind.
  19. Curtis Miller says
    Cookies--all kinds of cookies
  20. First thing I would make is cheesecake.
  21. Marci Wright says
    I would make cookies with my son with mine! :)
  22. I would make a Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
  23. amber rizer says
    So many tasty foods I could whip up with this! I do not have a mixer so I would be beyond thrilled! First I would make some cupcakes and a cake ! Then off to try some yummy recipes! I don't think I would leave the kitchen! Thank u for your generosity and good luck to all!
  24. Amanda Sakovitz says
    I would love to make cookies
  25. Colleen Boudreau says
    I would make peanut butte cookies.
  26. Thomas Murphy says
    I would make cupcakes.
  27. I'd make these magnets! It'd be the perfect gift for my mom. I could do them of my daughter's (my mom's first granddaughter) little hands!
  28. If I won this mixer the first thing I would make is oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips.
  29. gayle gildehaus says
    I would make my favorite lemon poppyseed bread.
  30. Kelly Hughes says
  31. Nadene Adams says
    If I won, I would make some yummy cheesecake with my new mixer!
  32. Something decadent. Probably a cake of some sort. I'd have to go through my recipes!!
  33. Natalie Brown says
    Hi! The first thing I would do with the mixer is to make a creamy cheesecake. These mixers are really good are thoroughly and easily mixing cheesecake batter. Yummy! Thank-you!
  34. jenn giannetto says
    i would love to use this to make the carrot cake cupcakes that i make for my brothers birthday every year
  35. probably sugar cookies
  36. I would make divinity or amish potato bread.
  37. I'd make a cheesecake.
  38. Katey Myers says
    Cookies - - then bread =)
  39. I'd love to make mint Oreo cheese cake.
  40. I'd make an angel food cake with fresh summer strawberries!
  41. I would make a cake! or some home made coconut oil body lotion!
  42. I would make my mom's cake roll!
  43. tina reynolds says
    I would make cookies and cakes for the family and for friends. 
  44. Mag@GirlyCreation says
    Nice, but my kids would want cookies to eat instead. This one is kind of fun.
  45. Jasmin Q. says
    Chocolate cake !!
  46. Roxy Meto says
    I would make is cheesecake.
  47. I would make cookies and pizza dough
  48. Salt dough magnets! I'm thinking we'd draw kitty cat faces on them. :)
  49. Rose Powell says
    Gosh I'd be so excited to have one I'd probably be in the kitchen all day trying new things! The ornaments are so neat!
  50. Salt dough magnets. I already have some really cute stamps to use.
  51. Oh I would make Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies first!
  52. Sarah jau says
    Chocolate cake !! the kids love it so much !
  53. I would make a huge cake first :) I would also like to make cookies with my granddaiughter.
  54. Erica Best says
    i would make a pound cake
  55. I would make  chocolate cake.
  56. amy rouse says
    cupcakes. who doesn't love cupcakes?
  57. I would make Biscotti !!
  58. Gluten Free chocolate chip, coconut cookie! lol
  59. Birdie Skolfield says
    Id make Lemon Pie
  60. I would make chocolate cherry cookies!
  61. I would make my grandma's special coconut cake. Yum.


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