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Salt Dough Ornaments

Author Shinta


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt regular table salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 straw
  • Cookie cutters
  • Non toxic acrylic paints
  • Parchment paper/ Baking paper


  • Keep a baking sheet lined with parchment paper ready
  • Mix together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the water very slowly, a little at a time, mixing it with the flour, until incorporated
  • Bring the dough together and knead it (just for a couple minutes) until smooth
  • Dust a little flour, on a work surface, and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it is 1/4 th inch in thickness
  • Cut out shapes using cookie cutters and transfer them to the baking sheet
  • Using a straw, cut little holes in the shapes close to the top of each ornament
  • Transfer the baking sheet to an oven and heat at 180 C for 30 minutes, turn over midway
  • After 30 minutes, check to see if the ornaments are completely dried out, if they still have some moisture, bake for an additional 5 minutes
  • Take out the ornaments and let them cool down
  • Paint with non-toxic acrylic paint, and add embellishments such as glitter if you'd like
  • Once dry, knot a string through the hole in the ornament and hang it up on your tree!


1) I have always baked my ornaments at 180 C for 30 minutes, and the result has been slighty puffy ornaments, which I quite like. If you like your ornaments completely flat, then bake at 150 for around 2 hours
2) You could try making scented play dough by adding essential oils while preparing the dough. Holiday scents such as peppermint, orange or cinnamon would make your house smell like Christmas