Salt Dough Conversation Hearts

Salt Dough Conversation Hearts | Kid's Valentine Craft

okay, so i lied. i do have some cute hearts in my house! the kiddies and i made some Salt Dough Conversation Hearts to decorate for a fun Valentine’s Day craft and to decorate our home. we had fun making them and they turned out kinda cute. it was a great hands on craft for the kiddies.

wanna make some? here is how we made them…..

salt dough recipe
• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup salt
• food coloring

other things you’ll need
• ribbon
• red marker
• cookie cutter
• scissors

• heat oven to 250º.
• mix the salt, water and flour till you make a dough. the dough should be similar to sugar cookie dough consistancy…you can add more flour till it is right. (but don’t eat it! ha ha).
• separate dough into balls and knead in a few drops of food coloring into each until you get the desired color.


• roll out the dough out on a floured surface. use cookie cutter and cut out your hearts and place on a cookie sheet.
• make a hole at the top of the hearts to thread the ribbon through before you bake. (i found this out the hard way)


• bake for 1-1/2-2 hours until your hearts are hard. be sure not to burn them!
• use a red marker to write on your hearts.
• thread ribbon through the holes, hang up and enjoy!


(i probably should have been more carefully writing the words on the hearts. they are a little messy…..but i guess i can’t always be a perfectionist.)
Have fun!


  1. Charla says

    This is perfect for a rainy day…better yet, any day!!!

  2. Diana says

    So mine started going quite brown in first ten minutes – is it 250 degrees Celsius? And I didn’t understand the booking time, so I’m watching them like a hawk – is it half an hour, an hour, an hour and a half or two hours? I’m presuming it’s until they’re hard, hopefully this batch goes well but any further clues, greatfully received.

  3. Sharlene :) says

    How much would you recommend making for an entire class of 18 children?

    • Maybe two batches? I honestly don’t remember how much dough it makes since this post was written so long ago. I believe what is shown is one batch.

  4. Felice says

    Can you make dough a night before? If so how would i store it?

  5. Lauren Goeres-Hill says

    Such a cute idea, can’t wait to try this out with my 5 y/o daughter who loves to bake!♡

  6. Paula says

    HI. I just did these tonight. The baking I didn’t realize was 2 hours. Making 24 for Valentine exchange for my son’s class tomorrow. I used more flour when kneading. I used McCormick food coloring. I had no problems except I didn’t expect the constant kneading with flour and working in the food coloring. My son helped out so its kid friendly. My first time doing these. Hoping they all come out time for the morning so my son takes them to school for his Valentine exchanges. We can’t bring candy or food so I thought this project would be a nice treat.
    Thanks for putting this out there!

  7. I love these conversation hearts! Absolutely adorable! Your blog is brilliant for activities!
    I just started a blog and my first post includes a version of salt dough hearts with some googly eyes. Would love to know what you think! And I’ve included a link to your hearts too, I hope you don’t mind! 🙂 thank you! xErin

  8. Kirstin says

    My 2 1/2 year old & I are currently waiting for these to bake. Even if they don’t come out as nicely as yours, my little one still had a lot of fun. We’ve left up a Christmas tree this year to decorate for Valentine’s Day & these will be perfect. Just hoping I don’t get distracted & let them burn:) Thank you!

  9. dalcher2 says

    Has anyone made them at high altitude? I’m wondering about recipe variations.

  10. These are adorable! I’ve been wanting to make some salt dough hearts with my toddler. I think we will use your twist. Simply adorable!

  11. Cute! We have a four-day weekend coming up and I’m going to do this with my kids.

  12. I used plain old McCormick food coloring. Our colors were all terrible at first too, esp. the purple (like Katie said), but I just kept kneading and in a few cases added more coloring, and they all worked. By the time we were rolling out the last two colors, they seemed really dry so I added a tiny bit more water and worked it in. I liked that consistency even better. Did anyone else have a little trouble chipping them off the cookie sheet? Would it ruin anything to grease the pan? (Or maybe you all thought to do that in the first place!)

    • Anonymous says

      We made these today at our playdate, and the girls (2.5 and 3.5) enjoyed the process! They helped knead in the colors, roll out the dough, and cut the shapes. I had to add probably a 1/2 cup of extra flour for the right consistency for us. And I lined my baking sheets with PARCHMENT paper…the cookies fall right off the pan with NO sticking. Parchment paper is a baker’s best friend! (Hope that helps, Kara) Thanks for the great idea!

  13. Anonymous says

    Ours are in the oven right now and are adorable! They look just like yours. I used McCormick’s gel colors from the grocery store. Thanks for the idea…we had a great time making them and will have more fun coming up with what to write!

  14. Anonymous says

    Love these….did you use plain flour or self rising or does it even matter?

  15. How many does one recipe make?

  16. How many does one recipe make?

  17. Anonymous says

    These are awesome making some this weekend with my Granddaughter.thxs Kathy

  18. These are so cute, I love them. Thanks for sharing.
    Dannyelle @

  19. How fun and cute. By the way, the imperfection makes them look more real since the actual conversation hearts have little variations. I am now a follower of your darling blog!

  20. This is super cute! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  21. I love it! We are SO going to copy you! Thanks for sharing!

  22. I used the box of fancy colors from WIlton. I got them at Micheal’s. But I used the regular dye for the yellow and the green ones.

  23. did you use the traditional primary colors food coloring or did you have the fancy colors so you didn’t have to mix them? I’m doing this right now and I’m not getting the color I want. My purple turned out horrible, lol. These are so cute! If I get the to work, I’ll link back to you 🙂

  24. I added flour till it had that consistency. No refrigeration. I think the recipe doesn’t have to be exact.

  25. Anonymous says

    Do you chill the dough like you do for sugar cookies? I made it, but it was all goopy and didn’t like anything like yours :(.

  26. love it! we’re doin’ it!


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