Salt Dough Ornaments are so easy to make and super fun for kids. They also provide lasting memories that you can cherish for years to come. Learn how to make salt dough ornaments for the perfect afternoon craft activity.
Salt Dough Ornament
I love making these special ornaments every year with the kids. We have some really awesome memories making these year after year.
Plus, I just love seeing the ornaments we made together on the tree! Once you learn how to make salt dough ornaments, you will wonder why you didn’t start sooner.
Tips for salt dough ornament recipe:
- Sometimes the dough can shift when you place your masterpiece on the baking sheet. I like to cut the hole in the ornament after I have already moved it onto the baking sheet.
- It also helps if you have a really good baking sheet. I actually just had to replace several of mine.
Salt Dough Ornament Ideas
My favorite part is decorating each ornament. You get to see the creativity of your children and how each ornament is so unique. It is a great chance to see their creativity shine.
- Make sure to have a good variety of acrylic paint on hand.
- I like to get several Christmas colors- red, green and some accent colors such as white and gold. You can order a nice assortment here.
- Kid’s always love puffy paint so that is fun to use as well.
- Make sure you have a cookie cutter for each child to make their ornament. I like to have an assortment of cookie cutters to choose from.
What about Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments?
Another fun idea is to make hand print ornaments. This is especially cute with little ones and a great keepsake over the years.
I suggest writing the date on the back so you can always remember.
How do you make salt dough handprint ornaments?
Simply press their little hand into the ornament and bake. You can decorate with glitter, paint or whatever you prefer.
This is sure to be a lasting memory for years to come. Grandparents love little things like these hand prints so be sure to make one for them too.
Do you need to seal salt dough ornaments?
Yes, we do recommend sealing to preserve these ornaments. In order to protect these ornaments and keep them for years to come, it’s important to spray them with a clear spray paint that will seal them.
You can use any brand you like but I have had good success with Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel.
This step is SO important so please do not skip it. Protecting these sweet ornaments will mean many years of hanging them on the Christmas tree.
You can also use mod podge to seal the ornaments.
How long will salt dough ornaments last
Sealed properly, these ornaments can last for years and years.
They truly can be passed down if sealed property because they will last! These ornaments will be so special hanging on the Christmas tree.
How to make salt dough ornaments shiny:
If you like more of a shiny Christmas ornament, choose a gloss finish for the enamel spray.
Let’s get started making Salt and Flour ornaments.
Ingredients for Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments:
- 1 cup all purpose flour, plus additional for kneading and rolling
- ½ cup table salt
- ½ cup water
- Drinking Straw
How to make Salt Dough Ornaments:
Step 1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside.
Step 2. Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Add a bit more water and stir until a dough forms.
Step 3. On a lightly floured surface knead the dough with your hands for at least five minutes, continuing to add flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking. This step is important.
If you skip this step you’ll end up with very sticky dough and it won’t cut into shapes well.
Step 4. Once dough is ready, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface in 1/4″ thickness. Use cookie cutters to make various shapes.
Step 5. Use a drinking straw to create a hole in the top of each ornament.
Step 6. Place onto prepared cookie sheets and preheat oven at 225 degree until dry (or 200 degrees depending on oven), turning every 30 minutes.
Step 7. Once dry, decorate as desired on parchment paper.
This Salt Dough Ornament recipe is so easy!
There are so many great ideas for your Christmas tree. These dough ornaments are so fun to make.
Once you make the salt dough recipe, it’s time to decorate each one!
Watch this video on how to make Salt Dough Ornaments
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Paint Brush
- Puffy Paint
- Ribbon for Hanging
- Clear Spray Paint to seal ornaments
- food coloring
How to decorate Salt Dough Ornaments
Step 1. Using acrylic paints, paint each ornament as desired.
Step 2. Add additional details with puffy paint if desired. Let dry completely.
Step 3. Coat each ornament with polyurethane spray to seal it, letting dry completely. Be sure to seal the front and back of the ornaments.
Step 4. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie one end. Place the lopped end into the hole of the ornament and bring the tied end through the loop, creating a slip knot to hang.
Is it better to bake or air dry salt dough?
We prefer to bake the ornaments as opposed to air drying them. This is quicker and makes the process go much faster.
It can day days for them to harden if air drying.
How long does it take salt dough ornaments to harden?
It takes about 2 hours turning every 30 minutes. Oven temperatures vary so keep an eye on the ornaments during the baking time.
Let us know yours turn out.
Print the instructions for salt dough recipe for ornaments:
Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments
- 1 cup flour plus additional for kneading and rolling
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- Drinking Straw
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Add water and stir until a dough forms.
- On a lightly floured surface knead the dough for at least five minutes, continuing to add flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking. This step is important.
- If you skip this step you’ll end up with very sticky dough and it won’t cut into shapes well.
- Once dough is ready, roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface in 1/4″ thickness. Use cookie cutters to make various shapes.
- Use a drinking straw to create a hole in the top of each ornament.
- Place onto prepared cookie sheets and preheat oven at 225 degree until dry (or 200 degrees depending on oven), turning every 30 minutes. Once dry, decorate as desired on parchment paper.
Approximately how long does it take to bake the ornaments?
How long does these have to be cooked for ?
Where do j buy all the things needed please
Mary – I got the flour and salt at our local grocery store and the paint and decorations at our local craft store. Walmart would probably carry it all too if you have one in your area. Thank you!
Can these be painted with egg yolk paint before baking, like sugar cookies?
I haven’t tried that before but I think it would work great!
Where can I find a printable version of the salt dough ornament recipe and instructions?
I’m sorry we currently don’t have a printable version on the website. Thank you.
How long do they bake for?
Each batch is different based on the shape and thickness of the ornaments. I bake them until they are dry which can be 30 minutes-1 hours depending on the size. Thank you!
Could you use Modge Podge to seal them? Or do you need the clear spray paint?
I think mod podge would work great to seal them!