Salt Dough Ornaments

Homemade ornaments are so special!

I remember making salt dough ornaments with my Mom when I was little.

We had a mold to create Care Bears! They turned out adorable some how and were a fun memory of the time I spent with my Mom creating and of the holiday season.

Create your own salt dough ornaments this season! They are so easy to make that even the littlest of hands can get involved!

Begin by making your salt dough…

To make salt dough you will need:

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup of lukewarm water (approximately- you will want to add it a little at a time to get the desired consistency)
  • Optional: You can add peppermint to the water, or Cinnamon & nutmeg to the flour if you want your dough to smell nice!

Begin by mixing the flour and salt well with a whisk or a fork. Slowly add the water stirring well as you go. Knead the dough with your hands until you make a nice ball. It should not be sticky. It should feel very similar to play dough.

Roll your dough out with a rolling pin, about 1/4 of an inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the shape you would prefer.

Place your shapes on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 200°F (100°C) for 1-2 hours or until the dough becomes hard and whitish in appearance.

Allow the ornaments to cool before painting them. Use acrylic paints and then a finishing spray to seal your ornaments from any moisture that could ruin them.

Allow them to dry completely before adding your string or hook and hanging them on your tree.

Fingerprint Family:

Just cover your index finger in acrylic paint and press down into the same print that you made originally. Each person can add their own print. You can use different colors to highlight each persons individual print. Lastly you will want to add the names of your little bunch with a thin line permanent pen.

Fingerprint Heart

Paint your pinkie tip and then add your fingerprints to the ornament in the same way that you placed them originally. You can write your child’s name on the front of the ornament, under the heart, or you can write it on the back: Name, Age, Year, Occasion.

Happy Creating!

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