Materials and Equipment

  • Salt Dough
  • Water
  • Candle
  • Knife or flat modelling tool
  • Pointed modelling tool (you could use a cocktail stick or toothpick)
  • Round pastry cutter
  • Beads
  • Rolling pin
  • Rolling sticks
  • Baking paper
  • Baking tray
  • Access to an oven
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes if painting
  • Varnish
  • Varnish brush
  • White spirit for cleaning varnish brush

Step 1

Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 8mm (1/4“).

Step 2

Place the candle on the dough, leave a gap of at least 1cm (1/2“) all the way round the candle. Use the plain round cookie cutter or glass to cut a circle.


Step 3

Roll out a length of dough to wrap around the candle.


Step 4

Join the ends using water and a knife.

Step 5

Make a hole using a pointed tool.

Insert a bead into the hole.

Step 6

You can decorate the dough any way you like. Here we have added a pattern of dots all around each bead. Bake in the oven following the instructions below. Once fully baked you can paint if you wish. Finish with two coats of varnish to make sure the dough is sealed and moisture can’t get in.