I got a salt dough recipe from a great book, "Feed Me I'm Yours" by Vicki Lansky (thanks Mom!) There were recipes that were for cooking in the oven and others that were for drying overnight. I chose an overnight drying one.
2 cups salt
2/3 cup water
1 cup (or more) cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water
Mix the salt and water and bring to a boil. Add cornstarch and remaining water and stir.
I had a really hard time mixing it.
I ended up dumping it out on a cutting board and kneading it like dough (really hot dough!) I just put cold water on my hands to help cool it down. Then I rolled it out and cut out butterflies (with a sandwich cutter) and pressed the two wings together. I also used some fun little Flintstone playdough molds from my childhood to make Pebbles, Bam-bam, Fred and Wilma.
I let them dry overnight and the next day we had fun painting! We used homemade paints (another recipe from "Feed Me I'm Yours") and had lots of fun.
flower brush (hard to see in the pictures, it's the black and green thing she's holding). Very fun!