DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

Heather Cammack
by Heather Cammack
4 Materials
1 Hour

It's great when the whole family can get involved in decking the halls for Christmas. This year, we played with salt dough and made some super simple, easy and natural ornaments.

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For the dough, mix 1 cup of flour and 1/2 a cup of salt. Slowly add water until you form a dough. Knead your dough for a couple minutes until it forms a smooth ball.

I made a batch of dough for each of my four kids, and it was great to see them all excited about making ornaments. Not to mention this is a quick way to whip up a lot of ornaments.

Roll the dough out to about 1/8th of an inch thick. Use some cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. We used a mismatch of Christmas and play dough cookie cutters from our stash.

Lay out the ornaments on a cookie sheet. You don't need to worry about greasing the pan. Poke holes in the top of you ornaments for stringing, and bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Then flip and bake for another 20 minutes.

Allow the ornaments to cool before you add any embellishments.

I painted all of my ornaments white with craft paint. Then I wrote out some seasonal phrases. I found that a sharpie is the best tool for getting crisp letters onto the salt dough. I also tested out a paint pen, but it was a bit more challenging to get nice looking words.

You can string your ornaments however you like. I did some in groups of three.

Most of our ornaments were made into garland.

And some flew solo. I love how these are so simple and natural looking. The kids were proud to be helpers and see their handy work strung about the house.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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