Salt Dough Ornaments

Looking for a simple Christmas craft to do with your kids? Salt dough ornaments are a lot of fun- you can customize them with paint, and since you can get everything you need at the dollar store, they’re an economical craft too!

All I had were bell and snowman cookie cutters. I wish I had a star or a heart, or a snowflake, but bells it is.

Cinnamon added to the dough makes the ornaments smell nice. My only word of advice is that if you use cinnamon, make sure it’s fully mixed in. I thought the marbled effect on the unbaked dough was nice so I didn’t knead it in fully, but once they dried all the way I wished I had.

Salt Dough

1 cup flour

1/2 cup regular table salt

1/4 cup water (or more, I needed more)

optional: a couple good shakes of cinnamon. Use the cheap or stale stuff. It doesn’t matter.

Mix the all ingredients so they form a ball. Don’t worry about overkneading ,you’re not eating it.

Roll out so that the dough is uniformly thick and cut out to desired shapes. Bake in a 200 degree oven for at least 2 hours. Thicker ornaments will take longer to cook through all the way. Make sure they don’t burn.

*For hanging purposes, a straw about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch away from the edge will punch a perfect hole.

Target has really cute colored baker’s twine for $1 right now. It looks nice used to tie hangers for the ornaments.

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  1. We used to do these, only free-form them (make shapes by hand). You can also make a dough with applesauce and cinnamon (it takes LOTS of cinnamon, so it’s actually pretty expensive to make), which also makes good smelling ornaments.

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