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Salt Dough Monstera Plant

Oh ma lerd, I just love making salt dough plants. It's a bit of a challenge for me to think of new plants that would work well using a medium like salt dough. Frankly my dears, that's half the fun. Thinking of new plants to add to the growing collection gets me feeling the feels. Given the recent uptick in Monstera popularity, I thought I better give it a go. I'm not disappointed.

Making salt dough plants is pretty darn fun. From kneading the dough to forming shapes and painting, salt dough plants put your creativity to the test. Even if you are not familiar with dough or clay, you can still create something beautiful. Trust in your ability to translate the image of a plant onto the dough. Remember that any perceived "mistake" adds character and charm to your project. Do not worry about creating a perfect specimen. Rather enjoy the act of creating.


*Salt dough (Recipe Here)

*Green acrylic paint (choose multiple shades of green to bring depth)

*Paint brushes

*Silicone mat

*Baking sheet


*Rolling pin




1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Form a ball of salt dough on your silicone mat. (Use may also use parchment paper here.)

2. Roll the ball flat(ish) on one side to about 1.5 cm, leaving a bit of a mound on the other side.

3. Place the stick in the mounded side of the dough. Press firmly around it.

5. Use your knife to shape and separate the leaf. You can also use a little water to round the edges. Simply dip the tip of your finger in wagter and work the dough to your liking.

6. Place the mat on your baking sheet. Use spoons to create a curved effect in your leaf. Place the spoons under various parts of the mat, elevating the leaf.

7. Place your plant in the oven to bake for 4-6 hours.

8. Once your Monstera plant is cool, you can use fine grit sandpaper to smooth it out.

If you happen to notice any cracks, use can use super glue to fix them. Allow glue to dry prior to painting.

9. Paint! Choose a green base color for the leaf. Cover it entirely.

9. Paint the stick a light green color. Continue up the plant with the same paint.

10. Use the light green shape to create "veins" in the plants. Allow the paint to dry.

And finally, step back and admire your beautiful plant. To plant your Monstera, grab some dried beans and your favorite vessel. Dump the beans in and place the stick side down. Viola!

If you would like to make more Salt Dough plants, find FOUR MORE varieties here.


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