Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments
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Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments are easy to make and are such a fun craft to make for Christmastime! My recipe only uses three ingredients, and they turn out great and last for years to come!

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Salt Dough Ornament Keepsakes

I love making salt dough ornaments for my kids to paint every year. They are such frugal and simple projects and they really do last for years to come. I have tried several recipes over the years, and this recipe is my favorite. They come out smooth and aren’t yellow.

I will say, if you ware wanting to make keepsake handprints for your kids, I would use a white air dry clay like this. It is much easier to work with while trying to do handprints, and they come out perfect every time.

Tips for Success

Mixing the dough in the ziplock bag really cuts down on the mess. Close the bag and squish it all together. I like to make the day before and let it sit overnight to get a really smooth dough. I would at least let it sit an hour if you’re short on time. They will puff up a bit in the oven, that’s fine! When the time is up, I let them cool and then use a tea towel to flatten a bit. They may stay a bit puffy but that lets them have a little 3D look to them!

When you go to roll out your dough, to cut down on mess, flour a piece of parchment paper, dump out dough, top with more flour, and then top with another piece of parchment paper. Now use your rolling pin to roll dough to 1/8″ thickness. This helps the dough to not get too sticky and it’s an easy cleanup.

These make really cute gifts, or even name tags for Christmas gifts! I love that you can customize the look!

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Supplies Needed

  • Flour
  • Table salt
  • Water
  • One ziplock bag
  • Cookie cutters
  • Parchment paper
  • Measuring cups
  • Rolling Pin
  • Twine for hanging ornaments
  • Scissors
  • Paint or watercolors
Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments
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Instructions to Make Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

  1. Add dry ingredients to a ziplock bag and add warm water a little at a time.
  2. Mix well in the bag, squish around really good.
  3. Leave in the ziplock bag at least an hour. Overnight is best for really smooth dough. 
  4. When ready to use, liberally flour two pieces of parchment paper and put dough between them, and roll to 1/8″ thickness.
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
  6. Use a straw to pock holes in the top of the ornaments for string.
  7. Dry in a 300 degree oven for 45 minutes or until dry.
  8. They will be puffy, so once they cool, you can put a tea towel on them and flatten a bit.
  9. Now you can paint or color your ornaments! I used watercolors on mine. Use water sparingly if you use watercolors.
  10. Tie string to hang on the tree!
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Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

Prep Time30 mins

Equipment

  • 1 ziplock bag
  • cookie cutters
  • parchment paper
  • measuring cups
  • Rolling Pin
  • twine for hanging ornaments
  • scissors
  • paint or watercolors

Materials

  • 4 cup flour
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1.5 cups water

Instructions

  • Add dry ingredients to a ziplock bag and add warm water a little at a time.
  • Mix well in the bag, squish around really good.
  • Leave in the ziplock bag at least an hour. Overnight is best for really smooth dough.
  • When ready to use, liberally flour two pieces of parchment paper and put dough between them, and roll to 1/8" thickness.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out shape.
  • Use a straw to pock holes in the top of the ornaments for string.
  • Dry in a 300 degree oven for 45 minutes or until dry.
  • They will be puffy, so once they cool, you can put a tea towel on them and flatten a bit.
  • Now you can paint or color your ornaments! I used watercolors on mine. Use water sparingly if you use watercolors.
  • Tie string to hang on the tree!

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