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 hands...so 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, 


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

Instructions:
  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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