My daughter and I love making crafts together. For the past two years, she and I have made some sort of salt dough ornament each year, first for Mother’s Day and then for Halloween. This year she and I made salt dough Christmas ornaments to hang on our Christmas tree and to give to her grandma, papa, and uncle as Christmas presents.
- 1 cup of warm water AND 1 tablespoon of warm water
- 1 cup of salt AND 1 tablespoon of salt
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour plus extra AND 2 tablespoons of salt
- food coloring
- Combine the cup of warm water and food coloring in a bowl. Add as much food coloring to achieve the color that you want.
- Add the salt to the colored waters.
- Stir thoroughly until some of the salt begins to dissolve.
- Slowly mix the flour into the salt water mixtures.
- Kneed the dough with your hands, adding extra flour until the dough becomes firm but neither crumbly nor sticky.
- Place a ball of salt dough onto a piece of waxed paper. Use a rolling pin to carefully roll the dough ball flat.
- Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the salt dough.
- Carefully flip the salt dough pumpkin over onto a greased or lined baking sheet.
- Remove the wax paper.
- Poke a hanging hole through the dough near the top.
- Preheat the oven to 250º. If you have a convection oven, use the convection setting. Bake the salt dough ornaments until the surface of the dough begins to brown slightly.
- Remove the baked salt dough ornaments from the oven. The dough will continue to harden during cooling.
- Allow the ornaments to cool completely before displaying.
Making Salt Dough Ornaments for Christmas © 2014 Heather Johnson
Dissolving Salt in Colored Water © 2014 Heather Johnson
Adding Flour to the Salt Water © 2014 Heather Johnson
Green Salt Dough © 2014 Heather Johnson
Rolling Out the Salt Dough © 2014 Heather Johnson
Molding the Salt Dough © 2014 Heather Johnson
Baking the Salt Dough Ornaments © 2014 Heather Johnson
Baked Salt Dough Ornaments © 2014 Heather Johnson
Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments © 2014 Heather Johnson