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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Salt Dough Ornaments {A DIY Crafty Thing}

Do y'all remember making salt dough ornaments in grade school? Okay, better question, do y'all remember licking or eating the salt dough ornaments in grade school? Maybe you didn't really know what they were at the time but someone told you to taste them and as it turned out they tasted good? Oh, that was just me? Nevermind then.

This time last year I was teaching a preschool class at a local church and my class consisted of 2 and 3 year old little shits angels. No, really, they were angels. We were stuck inside a lot because of the nasty winter weather and I had to figure out something fun for them to do. One day the memory of making salt dough ornaments smacked me right across the forehead. My kiddos absolutely loved making these ornaments!

When I pulled out my Christmas decorations the other day I found an entire cookie tin full of unpainted salt dough ornaments. Jackpot! Needless to say, my two kiddos and I have been busy :)

Can you tell which ornaments belong to my 2 year old and which ones belong to my 5 year old? Before you say anything, I did the ones clustered in the middle :)


2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Cup of Salt
3/4 Cup of Water (if your dough is not sticking together you can add more water, a little at a time)

  • Mix all of the ingredients together; dough should be moist & stick together. Knead the dough.
  • Roll the dough out flat, just as if you were making cookies! 
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes.
  • Don't forget to poke a hole through the top of each ornament for hanging. I used a straw.
  • Bake your ornaments at 200* for about 20 minutes, flipping half way through.
When you pull your ornaments out they should be hard and solid. Ovens vary, so you may have to cook them longer. Once they've cooled off, you can decorate them as you wish. 

We chose to just use paint but you could use a number of things! Not bad for water colors right?

Have you ever made salt dough ornaments before?

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