Salt Dough Ornaments

Growing up we always had homemade ornaments on our Christmas tree. Glittery stars and bells, felt collages, popsicle stick and yarn creations made with that amazing ombre, multi-color yarn that can be found at any church basement craft fair. I wanted to make something for our tree this year, something a step up from popsicle sticks but still simple and sweet. I went with the classic Salt Dough Ornaments.

dough8To make:

  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water

To decorate use:

  • Cookie cutters
  • Spray paint (I used white)
  • Acrylic paint (gold and red)
  • Twine (I found this white threaded with gold)
  • Paintbrushes


Start by preheating the oven to 300 degrees. I  added a cup of water to the flour and salt mixture and began to knead it with my hands, slowly adding more water (about one more cup) until the dough was the right consistency.

The cutouts went into the oven on greased cookie pans for 25 minutes. I wish that I had checked half-way through and switched the bottom tray with the top, because the ornaments on the lowest rack began to bubble up. They probably could have come out about 5 minutes earlier. I think the bubbles gave my ornaments a little extra character.

After covering the counter with paper I spray painted all of the ornaments with white paint.

Then Michael and I used red and metallic gold paint to make each ornament unique. Annoyingly, Michael had much more creative designs than I did. dough4dough10

It’s fun having homemade ornaments on our tree, and I hope years from now we remember making them together in our little kitchen.

Original recipe found here.


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