Make Salt Dough Ornaments
Edited by Rebecca M., Robbi, Lynn, Inukshuk
The holidays are a wonderful time to let kids get involved in crafting and cooking. Kids love to be a part of the holiday activities, and letting them make their very own ornament is a great way to let them help with the decorations. Salt dough ornaments are one of the most kid friendly crafts that you will find. You simply mix up the dough and roll it out. Kids can create their own designs or use cookie cutters to create their decorations. They can then be painted, colored with non-toxic markers or decorated in any way imaginable. This is a craft that is just as fun for adults as it is for kids, and you get handmade ornaments that you will cherish for years to come.
- 1Rolling pin
- 2Parchment paper
- 3Cookie cutters
- 4Baking sheets
- 6Assorted acrylic paints and glitter
- 1Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- 2Pour salt into warm water and stir until salt is completely dissolved.
- 3Add flour and stir until it forms a dough.
- 4Knead the dough by hand, adding more flour as needed until it is workable.
- 5On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.
- 6Cut out the dough using cookie cutters or other household items such as jar lids to create ornaments.
- 7Using the toothpicks, poke a hole in the top of each ornament.
- 8At this stage you can alter your ornaments by making impressions in the dough or adding extra bits of dough for more dimensions.
- 9Baking time will vary depending on the thickness of your ornaments. When they are done, they will feel dry and you won't be able to pierce them with a toothpick.Place your ornaments on a pan that has been lined with parchment paper and place it in the oven for one to two hours.
- 10Remove your ornaments to a wire rack for cooling.
- 11When they have completely cooled, they can be decorated in whatever way you choose.
To seal your ornaments after painting, use spray varnish. Since there is no set way to decorate these keepsakes, use your imagination. Try some glitter over wet paint to add a bit of sparkle, or even use a few drops of food coloring to tint the dough before you cut it out. The main idea is to simply have fun with them.