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Making Salt Dough Ornaments for Christmas

Making Salt Dough Ornaments for Christmas

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


  1. Combine the cup of warm water and food coloring in a bowl. Add as much food coloring to achieve the color that you want.
  2. Add the salt to the colored waters.
  3. Stir thoroughly until some of the salt begins to dissolve.
  4. Slowly mix the flour into the salt water mixtures.
  5. Kneed the dough with your hands, adding extra flour until the dough becomes firm but neither crumbly nor sticky.
  6. Place a ball of salt dough onto a piece of waxed paper. Use a rolling pin to carefully roll the dough ball flat.
  7. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the salt dough.
  8. Carefully flip the salt dough pumpkin over onto a greased or lined baking sheet.
  9. Remove the wax paper.
  10. Poke a hanging hole through the dough near the top.
  11. 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.
  12. Remove the baked salt dough ornaments from the oven. The dough will continue to harden during cooling.
  13. Allow the ornaments to cool completely before displaying.

Dissolving Salt in Colored Water Adding Flour to the Salt Water

Green Salt Dough Rolling Out the Salt Dough

Molding the Salt Dough Baking the Salt Dough Ornaments

Baked Salt Dough Ornaments Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Image Credits

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

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