Salt dough ornaments are a fun and kid friendly way to make Christmas ornaments!

Salt dough ornaments are fun for kids to make. But let's not kid ourselves, even adults can't resist creating something with the squishy dough too. Salt dough is one of those oldies but goody type recipes. You can find the recipe pretty much everywhere and they very only slightly from one recipe to another. Here's one I like to use:

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

Ingredients: 2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water

2 teaspoons of vegetable oil


1. Mix salt and flour together.

2. Add in half the water and continue to mix, then gradually add the remaining water.

3. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, this can take up to 10 minutes.

4. Add vegetable oil

If your mixture turns out too sticky, simply add more flour. If it turns out too crumbly, simply add more water.

Ornament Instructions

For flat dough ornaments roll out the dough on wax paper about 1/4" to 1/2" thick.

TIP I like to put a little flour on the wax paper when I roll it out so it doesn't stick to the paper.

For sculpted ornaments, sculpt the shapes you want. You can add pieces onto each other with a little water. With sculpted ornaments, depending on the thickness of the ornament, you baking time may need to be longer.

Create: Use cookie cutters, cutout templates, or just use your hands. Dust dough with flour and begin to add details to the ornaments with a toothpick, Popsicle stick, and knife.

Don't forget to poke a hole in the ornament so it can be hung. I like to use a straw because it makes a perfect circle.

Baking: Time varies based on thickness of ornament Temperature: 200 degrees

Time: 1 1/2 hours - or until dry

TIP If dough starts to turn brown simply cover with a piece of aluminum foil and finish baking.

Decorate: Let cool before you begin Paint with acrylic paints and seal with acrylic varnish. Make sure you seal both sides! Then you can embellish your ornaments with whatever you like. Glue on beads, buttons, glitter, or any anything else you want.

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