Salt Dough Ornaments

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Making salt dough ornaments is a fun family tradition for Christmas-time that we do in our home.  The kids love creating these fun ornaments to give away as gifts to their school teachers, church teachers, and grandparents.  They feel extra excited to offer these special people a gift that they made themselves.  :)
Making these ornaments is very easy!  I hope you enjoy this with the children in your life!

Salt Dough Ornaments
submitted by Erin  ~ The Sisters Cafe

1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water (or perhaps a bit less)

Mix salt and flour together and add water. Mix well until dough forms a ball. If it is sticky, add a little flour. Knead in a standing mixer for 5 minutes, or until smooth.  (You may also knead it by hand.)  Empty dough on a floured surface and knead a few times until it is not sticky and can easily be rolled out.  (You can store the dough in an airtight container for a few days before proceeding.)

Roll out to about a 3/4 inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out Christmas shapes.

Place on a greased cookie sheet and poke one hole in the top of each ornament using a chopstick, skewer, or straw. (Be aware that the hole will close up a little as the dough expands and bakes.) Bake in a 200 degree oven for 1 to 2 hours, or until dry. (Pictured below before being baked.)
For a family fun night, gather the family together and paint the dried and cooled ornaments. (I highly recommend Crayola Washable Kids Paint in 10 (2-oz each) assorted colors. You can buy them at Walmart for $5 or so, and they are much more washable than regular craft paints.) Even my little 21-month old loved this!

Tie a square knot around the holes of the ornaments using string, and attach green wire hooks (purchased in the Christmas isle at grocery/market store) to the ornaments so they can hang on a Christmas tree.
This year my 1st grader gave an ornament to his teacher at school, taped to a potted poinsettia with a handmade card and some homemade caramels.  He wrote on the back of his ornament with a black permanent Sharpie marker. He was very excited to give it to his teacher. :)

Merry Christmas, everyone! And have fun making these ornaments at home!


    • Erin says

      I’m sure using food coloring would work, Tarryn. You will probably have to experiment with how much. And I can definitely say that I would recommend using the Wilton 1-oz icing color concentrated paste bottles versus using the liquid coloring drops. The concentrated paste will work better in the dough. (You can buy them at Micheals or a similar store, or anywhere that sells Wilton supplies.)

  1. says

    Jack just broke the one you sent him a couple of years ago. I glue gunned it back together and it is back on the tree! Jack is old enough now that he would LOVE to do this. I am going to try to do this soon!

  2. jamie says

    I was just looking at your page and scrolled down to the picture of your husband(?) in his scrubs. My almost two year old saw the picture and pointed to him and yelled, “DADDY”! My husband is a resident and is always wearing scrubs–it just made me laugh to see her think it was her Daddy simply by seeing the blue scrubs. Is your husband a resident also? He doesn’t look old enough to be a Dr… yet:)

    BTW, cute ornaments–I remember making these as a kid and can’t wait to let my kids try it!

    • Erin says

      Hi Jamie! Yes, my husband is a resident. :) You would understand why he is still wearing scrubs, since you also have a resident husband who probably works a ton! :) My husband has 1 1/2 years left of residency. It was fun to get your comment. :)

      • jamie says

        I thought so, good luck finishing up residency! We are done in June–then just one more year in an orthopedic spine surgery fellowship. I can see a very dim light at the end of the tunnel…..10 years and 6 kids later! Are you done after residency or do you have a fellowship too?

        • Erin says

          We will be all done – no fellowship here since he is doing Emergency Medicine. It is a long haul no matter what, but you top us by two years, and two kids. :) I am sure you will feel GREAT when schooling is done! Comin’ up soon – Yay! :)

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