Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Hello All, I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season!  The kids and I had fun learning about Thanksgiving, and now we’re in full Christmas mode.  As we count down the days to Jesus’ birthday, we’ve decided to slow down our regular studies a bit in order to make time for some fun Christmas activities.  One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to make ornaments.  This year we decided to try our hand at salt dough ornaments.  I think they turned out pretty well, so I decided to write a post about them in case any of you would like to try them at home. 🙂

Start by mixing 1 cup salt, 2 cups all-purpose flour, and 1 cup water together in a medium sized bowl.  You’ll also want to preheat your oven to 325F.

Knead dough on a floured surface for 7-10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.

Roll dough to about 1/4″ thickness.

Use cookie cutters to cut out the ornaments, and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.

BEFORE YOU BAKE THEM, use a toothpick to poke a hole in each ornament for the hanger.  Make the hole big enough that it won’t close back up when the ornaments expand during baking.  (If it does close up during baking, you can reopen it using a drill with a very small drill bit later.)

Bake at 325 F for 30 minutes or until the ornaments are light brown.  LET THE ORNAMENTS COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE DECORATING.

We colored our ornaments with magic markers and glitter glue, because that’s what we had on hand.  You could also use acrylic paint, puffy paint, or decorative icing.

I really like the glitter glue on these.

Once the markers, paint, and/or glue are dry, spray the ornaments (front and back) with about 3 coats of clear varnish.  I like to use varnish with a glossy finish to make my ornaments pretty and shiny. 🙂

Once the varnish is dry, you can add hangers and embellishments to your ornaments.  I decided to embellish ours with some ribbons and buttons I found at Hobby Lobby.  You can use anything you want.  A hot glue gun works great for this.

Voila, lovely home made ornaments!  I hope you enjoy these.  🙂

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ivoryspring
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 20:36:48

    Sandy,

    These are great! Will definitely make these with Gwen for Christmas this year….
    Got your Christmas card in my email. THANKS! Thanks also for your prayers. I will write more when I return to VA mid next week.

    Love and blessings to you this new year!

    Reply

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