How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments
When my sister and I were little, my mom made salt dough ornaments with us. She let us form the dough into little shepherds, angels, and Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. After our little hands formed the lumpy Nativity figures, we painted them yellow and added smeary black faces. Even though I remember them as ugly and misshaped ornaments, I have great memories of hanging them on our tree every year when we were growing up.

Now it has become our family tradition to make salt dough ornaments for our Christmas tree. It’s so easy and fun! I even made an Olaf ornament for our tree this year. I formed the dough into a pear-shape, painted it white, and then drew on his features with a black permanent marker. Then I added an orange carrot nose! Now there’s a little bit of Frozen on our Christmas tree.

Olaf Salt Dough Ornament

Salt Dough Ornaments
Mix 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water.
Form into shapes. We made some free hand ornaments, and used a cookie cutter for some.
Don’t forget to make a small hole for hanging!
Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper at 200 degrees for 3 hours.
Paint with acrylic paint (we used some glitter paint for extra sparkle).
If desired, brush with Mod Podge for a glossy finish.
String a ribbon through the hole, and use for a tree ornament or tie onto a present as a gift tag.


Do you make any special ornaments you hang on the tree every year?

Click here to print Salt Dough Ornament directions!


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22 Responses to How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

  1. Hi Ginny! I saw your note on my blog — I’m glad you stopped by from SITSSharefest! What coincidences we share: Iowa, BC, kids… We also lived in the Chicago burbs for a few years! Rockford for 13 years then Evanston and Gurnee. What part of Iowa will you be visiting? I grew up in NE Iowa. I too love decorating trees — Mom’s and mine! Every ornament on Mom’s tree is a chance to catch up on her friends and stories from the past. Beautiful tradition… Merry Christmas.

  2. Salt dough ornaments are fun! My children loved doing this…I continued to do it with my daycare kids, now that my own children are grown. Perhaps, some day I will have grandchildren to carry on the tradition.

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