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Scented Salt Dough Letter Beads to Make a Word Necklace with Kids

For years I have been meaning to make some salt dough letters with the kids. They are great to use in crafts as well as for learning activities. As we try and make things multi-use we created a set of salt dough letters that can be threaded like beads. These are great to combine into words like LOVE which makes an ideal craft for kids to make for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day and works on fine motor skills as well as helping to spell. My daughter loved creating them and has made them into a LOVE necklace as well as used more of the letters in her spellings this week. So here we go our How to Make Scented Salt Dough Letter Beads and use them with kids to create a simple LOVE necklace.

Lavender Scented Salt Dough Recipe

This recipe uses our microwave salt dough recipe which I had to come up with because my toddlers just couldn’t wait to decorate their Salt Dough Ornaments, but you could easily use a classic salt dough recipe just be aware that this will take longer to dry instead of around 30 seconds that this craft took my daughter and I. We use food colouring and some essential oils that we had around to colour and scent the mix.

Check out our selection of Valentine’s Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers for some selections to add to your book box to read aloud.

Materials Needed for this LOVE Salt Dough Necklace

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red food colouring

letter cookie cutters – you can easily find Upper Case Sets – but Lowercase are more difficult here is a Set we found on Amazon.com and the exact set we used from Amazon.co.uk

necklace elastic


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Some fun Valentine’s Cards for Toddlers and Preschoolers to make too!

How to Make the Salt Dough LOVE Necklace for Valentines Day

  1. Split off a small portion of the salt dough.
  2. Add in 3 drops of red food colouring.
  3. Knead the colour in. We kept ours with a marbled look.
  4. Roll it out once combined to around 1/5cm thick.
    Salt dough recipe for coloured and scented dough to make letter beads for kids to use in crafts and learning activities
  5. Cut out the letters L, O, V and E from the dough.
  6. Take a skewer and in the side of each letter pass it through to make a hole.
    creating salt dough beads using a skewer to make the holes
  7. Cover a microwaveable plate with greaseproof paper and lay the letters on.
  8. With the leftover salt dough why not create some Hanging Scented Salt Dough Hearts for your wardrobe or a Salt Dough Hearts to decorate the home for Valentine’s Day
  9. Then follow the instructions for microwaving the salt dough very carefully.
  10. It will probably only take around 30 seconds for these small letters to dry in the microwave, however, if you blast them for longer than recommended you could end up with a microwave full of smoke!
  11. Once dry then thread some necklace elastic through the holes and tie off.
    threading letter beads made from salt dough to create a LOVE necklace for Valentines Day
  12. You can add some beads to it as well.
  13. It can now be worn and not only does my daughter love it. But the lavender scent is also really calming and pleasant.
Salt dough LOVE necklace with homemade letter beads

Top Tip -> Tie off either side of the LOVE letters and that way they won’t move around the necklace!

simple kids craft to make a Valentine's Necklace with homemade Letter Beads using Salt Dough
Salt Dough beads with letters ideal for kids crafts and learning activities
Recipe for salt dough to microwave that can be scented and coloured to create different crafts with kids
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Lavender Salt Dough Recipe

A simple recipe for lavender scented salt dough ideal for creating crafts and gifts that smell amazing.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time11 minutes
Keyword: Lavender, Salt Dough
Author: Cerys Parker


  • ½ cup table salt
  • ½ to ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup plain flour all purpose in the USA
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil


  • Place the salt and flour in a bowl and mix.
  • Add the lavender to the water and stir.
  • Pour the water into the flour and salt mix.
  • Mix together until combined.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface or pastry board and knead until smooth.


This dough can be dried in the microwave, oven or air dried.
You can use food colouring to colour before drying or paint afterwards.
See our Salt Dough FAQ for more questions about using Salt Dough for crafts.

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Simple Love Necklace for Kids to Make with homemade Salt Dough Letter Beads

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