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Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

With Christmas coming up in less than 3 weeks Shae’s on a mission to get her ornament making in full swing. Salt Dough is so simple and versatile it only makes sense to make ornaments from them making it a great addition for #kidsinthekitchen. The final product is sturdy enough to last years.
Salt Dough Ornaments #craft #kidsinthekitchen
One tip when making ornaments and decor from the kids, write the date in a hidden spot so you know how long it’s been hanging around.

Salt Dough


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup fine salt
  • 1/2 cup slightly warm water
  • cookie cutters
  • rolling pin
  • Paint & brushes
  • ribbon or twine

Preheat oven to 250°.

In a large bowl mix flour, salt and water until combined. Turn out onto a smooth surface and knead till smooth. Dough should be soft but not sticky. Add flour or water by the spoonful if needed to achieve the right consistency.

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Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness, cut with cookie cutters and place on cookie sheets. Use a toothpick to add hole for hanging and to emphasize details like smiles or eyes.

Salt Dough Ornaments #craft

Salt Dough Ornaments #craft #kidsinthekitchen

Bake for 2 hours. Remove from oven and move to a cooling rack for 1 hour.

Salt Dough Ornaments #craft

Your shapes are ready to decorate however your child pleases. Thread with ribbon and hang. Don’t forget to add your child’s name and the current year.

Salt Dough Ornaments #craft #kidsinthekitchen

These can be made in advanced and painted whenever the chance comes up. We gave some to my nieces on Thanksgiving so they could paint on their own at home.

Aside from removing from the oven Shae did everything thing by herself. You realized this doesn’t have to be a kid only craft.

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  1. We made salt dough ornaments, or rather, I did, last week with Teddy helping me with the cutting out of the shapes. Unfortunately, we haven’t painted them yet. Time to get cracking! I have visions of doing something with glitter.

  2. oh i used to make salt dough all the time as a kid! you brought back so any memories-i’ll have to make some again 🙂 thanks for the party too! 🙂

  3. Rachael @ Mommy LCSW says

    I was hoping to get Salt Dough Ornaments made for today’s post, but it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe next week! It is a favorite around here.

  4. I made some last year but we haven’t yet. This will be a fun thing to do this weekend

  5. I love making these! One year, I apparently lost my mind, and made them with 90+ 3rd graders though. I had a hard time making them for a bit after that 🙂


  6. she looks like she enjoyed herself! I am hoping to get our ornaments done this weekend with my two munchkins. Thanks for hosting the link party!

  7. I remember making these many many years ago. Gosh my Grandmother showed us how to do hese..and I still have one I made way way back. They are fun to make for sure and so easy for kids to do!

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