Homemade Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

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Our Christmas tree is full of sentimental and handmade decorations. One of our family’s favorite annual Christmas traditions is this simple homemade salt dough ornament recipe. This year, the kids made a batch for our tree as well as their Nana and Papaw’s Christmas tree. 

How to Make Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Making salt dough ornaments is actually pretty simple. The kids do all of the steps except putting the homemade ornaments in the oven. Gather these ingredients and materials and start making holiday memories with the whole family!

Homemade painted salt dough ornaments on a baking sheet in front of a Christmas tree

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

This salt dough recipe only requires 3 ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry- flour, salt, and water.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ⅓ cup warm water
  • Food coloring (optional)

Materials:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula (a spoon works fine, too)
  • Rolling Pin 
  • Cookie cutters
  • Toothpick
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glitter or sequins (optional)
  • Paint brushes
  • String, Twine, or ornament hooks
Salt dough ornaments on baking sheet with salt shaker in foreground.

Homemade Salt Dough Ornament Directions:

STEP 1: Combine

Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Slowly add in the water until a dough forms. If you choose to use food dye to color the dough, add a few drops in now. You can use a stand mixer with a dough hook for this step as well. Add more flour or water as needed. You want the dough to be soft, but not sticky.

STEP 2: Roll

Roll out the dough on a non-stick mat or a floured surface. I like to roll to about ¼” thickness, but you can choose your own preference for the thickness of your ornaments.

Child rolling out dough on a non-stick mat
STEP 3: Shape

Use cookie cutters to shape the ornaments out of the salt dough. You can also create shapes by hand if you don’t have cookie cutters. Another cool idea is to shape the dough into a flat circle and press your child’s handprint into it for salt dough handprint ornaments.

Child using cookie cutters to make salt dough ornaments
STEP 4: Make a Hole

Create a small hole at the top of each homemade salt dough ornament large enough for string, twine, or ornament hooks to fit through. I like to use a toothpick for this, but a straw is another great idea. 

STEP 5: Bake

Place the ornaments on a lined baking sheet (parchment paper works great) and bake at 195 degrees F for one hour. 

Salt dough ornaments on a baking sheet in front of a Christmas tree
STEP 6: Cool

Allow the salt dough ornaments to cool completely before removing them from the cookie sheet.

STEP 7: Paint

Once cooled, you can begin to decorate! Use acrylic paint to decorate the cooled ornaments. You can also leave them as they are for a more natural look. If you want to add glitter or sequins, add them after you apply the sealant. 

Kids painting homemade salt dough ornaments
STEP 8: Seal

Seal your painted ornaments with Mod Podge or a polyurethane spray sealer. Seal one side of the ornament, allow it to dry, and then seal the other side. 

STEP 9: Hang

Thread the string, twine, or hook through the hole and tie it in a loop. Hang the ornaments on the tree and enjoy the view!

Child holding a painted chicken ornament

How to Store Salt Dough Ornaments 

Homemade salt dough ornaments can be stored from year to year if they are sealed as mentioned in step 8. Wrap the sealed ornaments in bubble wrap or newspaper strips to protect them from breaking.

Homemade Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

Homemade Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

Materials

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ⅓ cup warm water
  • Food coloring (optional)

Tools

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula (a spoon works fine, too)
  • Rolling Pin 
  • Cookie cutters
  • Toothpick
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glitter or sequins (optional)
  • Paint brushes
  • String, Twine, or ornament hooks

Instructions

STEP 1: Combine

Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Slowly add in the water until a dough forms. If you choose to use food dye to color the dough, add a few drops in now. You can use a stand mixer with a dough hook for this step as well. Add more flour or water as needed. You want the dough to be soft, but not sticky.

STEP 2: Roll

Roll out the dough on a non-stick mat or a floured surface. I like to roll to about ¼” thickness, but you can choose your own preference for the thickness of your ornaments.

STEP 3: Shape

Use cookie cutters to shape the ornaments out of the salt dough. You can also create shapes by hand if you don’t have cookie cutters. Another cool idea is to shape the dough into a flat circle and press your child’s handprint into it for salt dough handprint ornaments.

STEP 4: Make a Hole

Create a small hole at the top of each homemade salt dough ornament large enough for string, twine, or ornament hooks to fit through. I like to use a toothpick for this, but a straw is another great idea. 

STEP 5: Bake

Place the ornaments on a lined baking sheet (parchment paper works great) and bake at 195 degrees F for one hour. 

STEP 6: Cool

Allow the salt dough ornaments to cool completely before removing them from the cookie sheet.

STEP 7: Paint

Once cooled, you can begin to decorate! Use acrylic paint to decorate the cooled ornaments. You can also leave them as they are for a more natural look. If you want to add glitter or sequins, add them after you apply the sealant. 

STEP 8: Seal

Seal your painted ornaments with Mod Podge or a polyurethane spray sealer. Seal one side of the ornament, allow it to dry, and then seal the other side. 

STEP 9: Hang

Thread the string, twine, or hook through the hole and tie it in a loop. Hang the ornaments on the tree and enjoy the view!

How to Store Salt Dough Ornaments 

Homemade salt dough ornaments can be stored from year to year if they are sealed as mentioned in step 8. Wrap the sealed ornaments in bubble wrap or newspaper strips to protect them from breaking.

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