Salt Dough Dog Bone Magnet

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

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Make this cute dog bone manget to hang on your fridge. Use it to display a photo, hang reminders about the vet and the dog groomer, or anything else you can think of. A great way to recognize the canine member of your family.

You will need

1 cup salt

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup water acrylic paints (tan, white, black)



old toothbrush

black Sharpie marker

clear acrylic sealer

magnet strip or circle

white craft glue

IMPORTANT NOTE: This recipe for salt dough makes a lot of ornaments. If you only plan on making a few, cut this recipe into fourths or in half. //

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What you do

Preheat oven to 250 F. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. BE CAREFUL. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it. THIS DOUGH IS NOT EDIBLE. Roll out the dough. To make the bone, you can either use a bone shaped cookie cutter or have a grown use a paring knife to cut out the shape by hand. Use a toothpick to write your dog’s name across the bone. Place the bone onto the cookie sheet and bake for approximately 2 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. For best results, allow bone to cool and dry overnight, or for at least 4 hours. To decorate, paint the bone with tan acrylic paint. Let dry. Use the toothbrush method on the bone.

Toothbrush Method:

Put a small amount of black paint onto a paper plate, about the size of a dime. Add a few drop of water, enough to thin the paint. Using an old toothbrush, pick up some of the thinned black paint. Before applying this method to the box, test it on a piece of newspaper. Flick the bristles of the toothbrush by dragging your finger or thumb across them. This causes the paint to spray off the brush onto your “target”, in this case, the newspaper. Once you are happy with the result, flick the paint all over the bone. Repeat this process with white paint as well. Use the black Sharpie marker to write over the name. The marker will most likely not fit in the grooves, as with ours. That’s ok! Writing over the lines gives an outlined affect. Spray entire surface with acrylic sealer and allow to dry completely. When sealer is dry, glue a magnet to the back and hang proudly on your refrigerator!

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Amanda Formaro (345 Posts)

Amanda Formaro is a freelance writer, editor, craft designer, and recipe developer. She loves multi-tasking and has been writing and working on the Internet since 1997. You can find her at You’ll find her craft projects at and her recipes on

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