Salt Dough Ornaments You Can Make Today

Making salt dough ornaments is a family tradition in many households and for good reason.  You can make them with three simple ingredients that you most likely already have; flour, salt and water.  Watching the little ones knead the dough, use the cookie cutters to cut the shapes, bake them, decorate them and then hang them is a fulfilling process for all.  We normally make and bake the ornaments one day and then paint them the next.  You can make keepsake ornaments using your child’s hand print and watch each year as your child grows.  These ornaments also make great holiday gifts.  So, turn on your Christmas music, heat up some hot chocolate and let the fun begin!

Ingredients For The Dough:

  • 4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Table Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Warm Water

Salt Dough Ornament Ingredients


  • Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Sheet
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Drinking Straw
  • Tools To Add Designs/Texture to the Dough
  • Paint Brushes
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Ribbon, pipe cleaner or string to hang ornament
  • Modge Podge to Seal the Ornament (click here to order through Amazon)

Step 1:  Combine your flour and salt.  Mix well.  Slowly add your warm water in while stirring.  Once the dough become too hard to stir, knead it with your hands.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Step 2:   Place your well kneaded dough in between two sheets of parchment paper.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Step 3:  Roll out your dough until it is around 1/8″ thick.

Salt Dough Ornaments Rolling The Dough

Step 4:  Remove the top layer of parchment paper.  Using your cookie cutters, cut out your different ornaments.

Salt Dough Ornaments Cut Out ShapesSalt Dough Ornaments Cutting Out The Dough

Step 5:  Peel off the excess dough around your shapes and save it to make another batch of ornaments.

Making Salt Dough Ornaments

Step 6:  Using your drinking straw, place a hole around the top of your ornament so it can hang on your tree.  Make sure the hole goes through the entire ornament.

Making Salt Dough Ornaments

Step 7:  I love adding texture to the ornaments.  You can use forks, toothpicks and even rubber stamps if you don’t have any ‘formal’ cookie decorating tools.

Making Salt Dough Ornaments

Step 8: Bake at 300 degrees Farenheit for around an hour.  The time will vary depending on the thickness of your dough.  The ornaments will be finished when they are hard to the touch.  I would check them around the 45 minute mark and then every 5 minutes.

Step 9:   Use acrylic paints to add some color to your ornaments.  You can also add some glitter!

Painting Salt Dough Ornaments

Step 10: Let your ornament sit overnight until it has dried completely.  Cover it in a layer of modge podge and let dry.

Step 11: Tie some ribbon through the hole you made with your straw.  You can also use pipe cleaner, string, twine or whatever you have on hand.

Salt Dough Ornaments

We hope you have as much fun as we did making these ornaments and that they become a family tradition for you too!

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