Salt Dough Ornaments

Have you tried salt dough ornaments yet? This is a simple and fun recipe to try with kids, but I'm not gonna lie, I would totally do this by myself! 

Just 3 ingredients: all purpose flour, salt, and water.
Mix together and knead the dough until smooth. 
Roll out on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper, cut, bake, & decorate!  

Sounds easy enough, right?!

Little precious! 

I always like to do a few personal ones, these are the family thumbprints in the large heart.

Had to go ahead and do some bunny ones while we were at it :-)

So once they're baked, they should be completely hard, no mushy or springy feel. When they're cooled, we decorate! 

I use twine for ours, but you could use yarn or other pretty string. 

And we paint! These don't have to be perfect-keep in mind that the more you let the kids do, the funner it will be! 

Done! Use for decor, banners, gift tags, 

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3/4 to 1 cup warm water

  1. Mix all together and knead until the dough is very smooth. The longer you knead, the less "sandy" the appearance of the dough and ornaments will be. I like them both, but with less kneading, the ornaments tend to look a bit more rustic. 
  2. Roll out dough on a floured surface, I like mine to be around 1/4" thick. The thinner ones break easier ...(or it could be that my kid is just too rough and drops them often ;-D)
  3. Use a straw or toothpick to make a hole at the top for hanging. 
  4. Bake on parchment paper or silicone mat, in a 200 degree oven until hard, around 2-3 hours usually. 
  5. *I've tried baking at a higher temp, around 300, but every time I've baked this high, mine puff up and have bubbles. This can be cute, but if you don't like surprises, go for a lower temp for a longer time. 
  6. Decorate with glitter & mod podge, craft paints, stamps, however you desire! 

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