How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

This is not, nor ever will be, a craft blog. But when you have a four-year-old, and you’re heading into Christmas, some crafting is bound to be done. This year, it’s salt dough ornaments. So here is my obligatory Christmas post on how to make salt dough ornaments.

Jump to the recipe: Salt Dough Ornaments

See a great hack: No-mess glitter


We made it an all-afternoon affair with our friends Claire and Jane. First, making and rolling out the salt dough, then allowing time to let it dry, then painting.


We have a “craft” table big enough, so we invited James to come for the painting portion of the afternoon.


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And here’s a great hack: should you want to do glitter, don’t bother with the messy, loose kind. Just find yourself a cheap bottle of glitter nail polish, and paint over the ornament once it’s painted. (How’s that for a [not] craft blog, folks!)


All in all, they came out pretty darn good, I’d say!





Merry Christmas!

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments


  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 to 1 cup warm water
  • A straw for poking holes
  • Tempura paint
  • Glitter nail polish
  • Berries, leaves or pine needles for decoration


  1. Cut a sheet of parchment paper to fit two sheet pans. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Combine the salt and flour in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the dough hook. Slowly turn the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add 1/2 cup water. Slowly blend to mix. Once the water is incorporated, test it by pinching the dough in your fingers. It should just come together. If it is still powdery, add up to 1/2 cup more water, but don’t let the dough get sticky.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface. Bring it together with your hands and pat it into a somewhat flat round. Coat a rolling pin with flour and roll out the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Cut out the shapes and wriggle the straw all the way through the “cookie” to make a hole for stringing.
  6. Place the ornaments on the parchment paper and dry in the oven for 2 to 3 hours. Make sure they’re completely dry before painting and decorating.

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