How to Make a Salt Dough Apple and Rose Basket

This video, How to Make an Apple and Rose Basket, will show you how to sculpt this delightful basket with easy, step-by-step instructions.

I’ve also included a step-by-step lesson below; however, I strongly suggest you also watch the video for additional helpful details, such as how to form the basket bottom and handle, apples, leaves, and roses.

What you will need:

  • A paper clip or toothpick
  • Cloves (or tiny sticks if you don’t have cloves)
  • Parchment Paper or tin foil
  • Salt Dough Recipe

Step 1: Sculpt the bottom of the basket about 1/4 inch thick. Indent with either a sculpting tool, paper clip, or toothpick.

Step 2: Roll a piece of dough into a long strand, overlap, and twist. Add to the bottom of the basket after applying the salt dough paste.

Step 3: Roll a larger ball of dough, twist, and add to the top after applying the salt dough paste.

Step 4: Add apples by rolling small balls of dough, attaching with salt dough paste, and then inserting a clove into the top after dipping clove into the salt dough paste.

Step 5: Add leaves, applying the salt dough paste to the bottom of the leaves before setting them into place.

Step 6: Use tiny balls of dough to create grapes and attach with salt dough paste.

Step 7: Add roses and rose buds. Apply the paste to the base of the rose and press into place being careful to not squish the petals. The video will show you how.


When I created this Apple and Rose Basket, I dipped my sculptures into varnish, but now I suggest spray varnish. It is far less messy. I also used water-based stain to enhance the contrast.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and would love to hear how your salt dough sculptures turned out. Feel free to leave a comment.

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