How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments
Do you remember making salt dough ornaments in grade school? I think I still have one of those childhood ornaments packed away in the bottom of my Christmas decorations…probably a bit crumbly by now! This year I decided to make mini star salt dough ornaments just for the nostalgia of it all. It’s fun and a little bit magical to do things that remind you of being young, isn’t it? After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about anyway?
Whether you’re making these ornaments with kids or or not, this project couldn’t be easier! Did you ever make salt dough ornaments as a child?
2 cups all purpose flour- plus more for the board
1/2 cup salt
3/4 – 1 cup water (you may need less)
food coloring (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a few baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In an electric mixer combine flour and salt and mix well.
3. With the mixer on low speed add in the water slowly until dough comes together in a ball. You may need as little as 1/2 cup of water or as much as 1 cup so pour slowly and stop when the dough comes together and feels like cookie dough.
4. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 10 minutes to firm up.
5. On a very well floured board, roll dough out to 1/4″ thick. Cut out ornament shapes using various cookie cutters. I used a small star cookie cutter.
6. Transfer ornaments to prepared cookie sheets and poke a small hole in each using a toothpick. Make hole large enough for an ornament hook or ribbon.
7. Bake for 30 minutes. The ornaments should only harden but not brown.
Optional Colored Dough:
If you want to color your ornaments, add food coloring to the water in step 3 before mixing it into the flour and salt. Adding food coloring to the dough will result in splotchy ornaments.
1. Apply white craft glue to the front side of your ornaments.
2. Dip in glitter, nonpareil, sequins or beads.
3. Allow to dry completely before hanging.
Also, you can see how they look on my tree right here.