Salt Dough Knots

2 Materials
$10
4 Hours
Easy

I've been seeing this Limestone Knot Figurine from Target (shown below) everywhere lately, but it was out of stock and $20 seemed like a lot for something that realistically was only going to collect dust, so I figured I'd try to make my own! I've seen people make similar ones out of wood, but I am not a woodworker so I knew that was out of the question for me. I then found a salt dough tutorial and thought I'd give it a try since I had all of the materials on hand.

Limestone Knot Figurine from Target (inspo)

What you'll need:

Flour

Salt

Hot water

Oil

Tin foil/parchment paper

Step 1: Make dough

Add 4 cups of flour and 2 cups of salt to a big mixing bowl. Slowly stir in 2 cups of hot water to make a dough consistency, then add in 1 tbsp of oil.

Step 2: Make first knot

Take half of the dough, and roll it into a log. Then form a circle, using a bit of water to seal the ends together.


Step 3: Partially cook first knot

Microwave the first knot for 1-2 minutes at 30 second intervals until it begins to harden. It won't be cooked all the way through, but just enough to hold it's shape. The outside should begin to feel leathery when it's done. Be careful!! Mine were incredibly hot after being microwaved.

Step 4: Make second knot

Repeat step 2 and 3 to make and precook your second knot, except this time, don't seal the ends with water - just leave them next to each other (you can see a clear division in the picture above). You leave the ends unsealed so that you can connect the two knots together before baking.

Step 5: Connect knots

Now, with both knots partially cooked, thread knot two through knot one, and seal the unsealed edge with water. You can reform them as needed.


Step 6: Bake

Prop your knots up on tin foil or parchment paper and bake at 250 until hard. Mine took about 4 hours.

Step 7: Sand

Mine came out with a few more cracks than I would like, so once they cooled down, I used some sandpaper to even them out.

I plan to leave mine natural, but I've also seen some people spray paint them which looks cool! They may not be perfect, but they get the job done. Plus most of these products we probably all have on hand, so this was another great free DIY.

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  • Lisa West Lisa West on Jul 22, 2020

    Its the same dough recipe used for ornaments right? Looks really cool and elegant. I agree $20.00 is such a mark up. Was it real rock at the store no? If it was some type of quartz crystal it would be worth the price.

  • Jeanb3125 Jeanb3125 on Jul 16, 2021

    Do you all know about adding a little glycerin (sp?) I remember using it in my salt dough years and years ago and I think it was to stop cracking. See if you can find a recipe with glycerin in it and maybe it will tell why it is added.

  • I wonder if you could use cement so the knot could go outside?

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