Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

16 Dec

This week FabDaughter and I made salt dough Christmas ornaments for the first time together.  It was so much fun that I think we will turn this into a yearly tradition!  The ornaments were very easy to make, and FabDaughter absolutely LOVED helping.

FabDaughter Hard at Work on Her Ornaments

We made three different kinds of ornaments out of one batch of dough.  First, we made six circles that have FabDaughter’s handprint in them.  Then we made a heart shape that has FabHubby, FabDaughter and my thumbprint in it.  Lastly, we made 6 tiny flower shaped ornaments and we still had a little bit of dough left over that I ended up tossing.  Here is what you need:


1 cup salt

2 cups flour

1 cup luke warm water

1 straw

Acrylic paints and paintbrushes

Clear glaze or varnish


Salt Dough Ornaments


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine salt and flour.
  2. Gradually stir in warm water and mix together until a doughy consistency is formed.
  3. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and knead it for 5-10 minutes.  I broke it into pieces and let FabDaughter squeeze some of it to help knead.
  4. Roll out dough and cut out shapes using cookie cutters.  Or if you are making hand print ornaments, press hand into the center of cut out circles.
  5. Using a straw, make a small hole in the top of the ornament to use as the hanger.
  6. Transfer ornaments to a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 300F for 30 – 60 minutes, or until golden.  Baking time will depend on the thickness of your ornaments.
  8. Paint ornaments with acrylic paints and let dry. We used red and green metallic acrylic paints that I bought at Michael’s.  I painted the backs of each ornament and when the paint was dry I used a paint pen to write FabDaughter’s name on the back with the year.
  9. Seal ornaments with varnish or a glaze spray.  I used Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze.  It worked really well and made the ornaments look shiny.  Let dry.
  10. Tie ribbon through hole and hang on your Christmas tree.  I used Martha Stewart gold ribbon that I purchased at JoAnn Fabrics.  You can use any color ribbon, rope or ornament hooks.

Finished Ornaments

Ornament on Tree


4 Responses to “Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments”

  1. Sarah December 17, 2011 at 1:12 am #

    Very cute!!

  2. Dottie December 17, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Can’t wait to get ours!

  3. Monika Burkhead December 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Wish I knew about this when my grand daughter was a baby I would have loved to this year after year it would make great memories..

    • fabmomkt December 31, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      Thank you Monika. We’ve done it every year and it is a nice way to spend time together and make memories.

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