Salt dough ornaments, a fun family craft

With the holidays fast approaching, you may be thinking that it’s too late to squeeze in some Christmas crafts. However, there are a number of relatively quick to make crafts that are perfect for this time of year. One of those being salt dough ornaments. The ornaments are quite easy to make and only require three ingredients. This is a great family craft, as everyone can choose the shapes of their decorations. Then the real fun comes when it’s time to paint them. Make them as fancy as you wish! Of course, you can also leave them unpainted if you choose.

Looking for other Christmas crafts to try? Consider making these mason jar decorations or clothespin snowflakes.

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Salt dough ornaments

What you will need

Salt dough ornaments before baking.

To make the ornaments

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Combine 2 cups of flour and 1 cup fo salt in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Add 1 cup of cold water and stir. Once the dough has started to come together, use your hands to knead it until smooth.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Use a straw to poke a hole near the top of the ornament – this is where the ribbon will be added later.
  5. Lay ornaments on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 2 hours or until hard. Flip about halfway through to ensure even baking.
  6. Let ornaments cool completely before painting.
  7. Once ornaments are painted. Add the ribbon or string. Then hang on your tree or give it to a friend.

Salt dough ornaments are a great family-oriented Christmastime craft. Get everyone involved in the process. Have you ever made salt dough ornaments?


  1. Love the dino ornaments. When I was a youth services librarian, we made snowglobes with mason jars one year. It wasn’t as easy as I had read–and I definitely had some fake tears over it–but I love Christmas crafts. Time to string some popcorn too! I know tons of people that will love this easy craft for their families.

    1. Mason jar snow globes are something that has been on my list to try for a while now, but I keep putting it off because I felt it would be too messy. I’ll probably give it a try one of these years. Oh man, I haven’t done a popcorn string decorations in forever! I wish I could do it again but the dog would totally eat it.

  2. Okay, I have never tried salt dough before and I have no idea why because it seems so simple! I will definitely have to give this a try, it seems like a really fun activity to do with the kids while they are on break and I know the dollar store has some fun Christmas cookie cutters too!

    Ps- love the dinos!

    1. They are so simple to make! Really the only time-consuming part is the baking, and even that’s not too bad. The kids would definitely enjoy it. Painting is by far the best part. The dino ones are some of my favorites too, but the rhinos are number one for me.

  3. I remember making these when I was little. Thank you for bringing back such fun memories!! I need to make these with my daughter.

    1. I’m glad I could bring back those good memories. Oh, I bet your daughter will really enjoy making them.

  4. I am the biggest slat dough fan! Strangely enough, I hadn’t considered making Christmas decorations from this amazing material. I’m usually just making handprints and footprints of my kids! These Christmas ornaments are truly brilliant! I’m going to give them a go but I’m sure mine won’t turn out as good as yours! xxx

    1. That’s kind of funny and you love salt dough haven’t made these yet. I’m sure yours will turn out great when you do make them.

  5. I haven’t heard yet about salt dough, but actually that’s an amazing attraction for the whole family! Easy, interesting and fun! And Dinos are great! ♥ I love them! I would definitely try to find more interesting cookie cutters! And you know what – now after Christmas, everywhere will be sales and that means, that you can already buy super cheap cutters for the next Christmas! What a great idea!

    1. They really are great for the family. Definitely give it a try next year and use lots of fun cookie cutters.

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