Salt-dough holiday ornaments are easy to make, inexpensive and would be a lovely addition to any Christmas tree. We love making them to hang on our trees.
If you have smaller children who enjoys making things, this is a great way to get them involved in your holiday activities. Our kids enjoy making salt dough ornaments in some shape or form each Christmas whether it be handprints, cut out ornaments or both. The end result is always beautiful and adds a personalized touch to the trees. Check out our lovely handprint ornaments here.
The kids did such an awesome job painting and decorating the ornaments – don’t miss the details! I’m impressed. Even I got on the decorating and made one or two.
Salt Dough Holiday Ornaments
Note: This recipe makes a lot of ornaments if you use small cookie cutters or toll them thin (see photos). You can always make less by using larger cutters or rolling them thicker. But if you need more, use smaller cutters or make a double batch by doubling the ingredients.
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 Cup Salt
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1 TBSP Cream of Tartar (optional)
- Food coloring (optional)
- Paint, glitter, sequins
- A drinking straw
- Holiday-shaped cookie cutters
- Paint, glitter, sequins, etc.
- Ribbon or Holiday Jute string
Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then set the pan aside.
- Mix flour, salt and Cream of Tartar together.
- Pour in water (add food coloring to the water first if you want colored dough).
- If the dough looks soggy, add a little more flour until it’s stiff enough to knead.
- Roll out dough unto a floured surface (you can separate pieces of dough for each kids before rolling them out).
- Let the kids use cookie cutters to make the shapes of ornaments.
- Use a scissors to shape up the dough.
- Using a straw, punch a hole where you’d like to tie a string to hang each ornament.
- Place ornaments on the baking pan and bake about 2 hrs. The playdough ornaments should be very hard.
- Let them cool.
- Have the kids paint and decorate the ornaments as desired (if you didn’t already use food coloring). Make sure that they sprinkle glitter or sequins right away after painting.
- Let the ornaments dry, then attach strings or pieces of ribbon for hanging.
Salt Dough Ornaments with Pictures & a Video
Here are some of the steps in Pictures to making Salt Dough Ornaments (Plus watch the Video to see how it all comes together).
We have so much fun decorating our trees with these handmade ornaments that we’ve made with the kids. They truly add a special meaning to our trees knowing that they were handmade by the kids.
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