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 ornaments on a tree.

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.

Salt dough ornaments on a tree.

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.
Candy Cane Salt dough ornament on a tree.

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.

Salt dough ornaments on a tree.

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.

Salt dough ornaments on a 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.

Salt dough ornaments on a tree.

Let’s get started making Salt and Flour ornaments.

Supplies for 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
Snowman Salt dough ornament on a tree.

How to make Salt Dough Ornaments:

Step 1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside.

Flour in a bowl.
Ingredients being mixed in a bowl.

Step 2. Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Add a bit more water and stir until a dough forms.

Dough in a ball.

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.

Cooking cutters being used to make shapes.
Ornaments on baking sheet.

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

Decorating Materials

How to decorate Salt Dough Ornaments

Snowman being painted.

Step 1. Using acrylic paints, paint each ornament as desired.

Christmas tree being painted.

Step 2. Add additional details with puffy paint if desired. Let dry completely.

Can of clear coat for ornaments.


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.

String ready for ornaments.
Red string going on 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.

Star ornament on tree.

Let us know yours turn out.

Print the instructions for salt dough recipe for ornaments:

Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

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.
Prep Time20 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Keyword: Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments
Author: One Crazy Mom

Materials

  • 1 cup flour plus additional for kneading and rolling
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Drinking Straw

Instructions

  • 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.
Salt dough ornaments on a tree.


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  1. Erin Corbin says:

    Approximately how long does it take to bake the ornaments?

  2. Leanne says:

    How long does these have to be cooked for ?

  3. Mary says:

    Where do j buy all the things needed please

    1. carrie says:

      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!

  4. Kathy says:

    Can these be painted with egg yolk paint before baking, like sugar cookies?

    1. carrie says:

      I haven’t tried that before but I think it would work great!

  5. Pam says:

    Where can I find a printable version of the salt dough ornament recipe and instructions?

    1. carrie says:

      I’m sorry we currently don’t have a printable version on the website. Thank you.

  6. Jean Eads says:

    How long do they bake for?

    1. carrie says:

      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!

  7. Aleigha says:

    Could you use Modge Podge to seal them? Or do you need the clear spray paint?

    1. carrie says:

      I think mod podge would work great to seal them!