Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments
In July I promised you some fun Christmas Crafts using salt dough and I’m finally bringing them to you.  I actually made my first round in early November. They turned out beautifully and after I finished baking them I let the pan cool in the oven.  A couple hours later I started dinner, preheated the oven, and proceeded to burn two batches of beautiful ornaments!  So sad!
So we made some more, and then ended up making a fourth batch so we could make these hand print ornaments.  The kids love painting them (even the burned ones) so it wasn’t a complete loss.  I’ll give you a brief rundown of how to do it and if you have any questions you can refer to my original salt dough tutorial here.

Make your dough using 1 c flour, 1/2 c salt, and about 1/2 c of warm water.  (I usually double this.)  Combine the flour and salt and then slowlly add in enough water to form the dough.  If you are wanting to make hand prints out of your salt dough – you will add more water because you need a looser dough.  You want to be able to easily press your hand into the dough so make sure it is nice and soft.  (You can also add food color to the dough if you want it all the same color.)  Knead the dough for 10 minutes and then let rest for another 40 minutes.

Roll out the dough until it’s 1/4 inch thick.   My third batch this year I actually split the dough and rolled it out on two cutting boards so each of my boys could do what they wanted with “their” dough.  Cut out the shapes using cookie cutters or even a knife will do.  For the hand prints I used the top to a pitcher – it just happened to be the right size and worked great!

If are making ornaments be sure to poke a hole where you will be hanging the ornament from.  Make sure it goes all the way through and that any extra dough is removed.  Place the ornaments on a parchment-lined baking tray and bake for 4-6 hours (or until hard) at 200 degrees.  You can also air dry but plan on several extra days for that.

Once the ornaments are hard and dry it’s time to decorate!  Paints, glue, glitter, ribbon – you name it!  I just let the kids go crazy and do whatever they want (plus I had lots of extras!)  Let the paint and glue dry.

I used a polyurethane spray on the ornaments to seal them so that they will keep beautifully but this step is optional.  Hang up your fabulous creations with a pretty ribbon and enjoy!  I just love this project because it’s super affordable and you can make it using whatever you have on hand.  There’s no need to run out and buy a whole bunch of supplies.  Here are some of our creations…

I particularly love the stockings with our initials on them.  The cuffs of the stockings have glitter on them and it just turned out so cute!  The hand prints are so special too.  My little boys are growing up so fast and looking at their little tiny hands on future Christmases will be very sentimental.   Really the possibilities are endless with salt-dough.  I hope you and your family will create some treasured ornaments this holiday season!
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  1. Those came out SO cute! I keep seeing dough recipes on Pinterest and seeing yours make me think I really need to do this with my kids this week!

  2. We plan on doing this over the weekend. I love the idea of the stockings with initials! Hadn’t seen that one before.

  3. @Sierra @ H is for Homeschooling Thanks Sierra! Just make sure you plan around the drying/baking time and have fun!

  4. This looks like a lot of fun to do with the kids. I love those handprint ornaments–what a fun way to remember tiny little hands. :)

    Would love for you to submit this post (and any others) to the Make and Takes spotlight page–

  5. I love saltdough ornaments. Fun to make with the kiddos that’s for sure! I especially love your handprint ornaments. Such a great idea!

    I have a weekly linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It’s for projects made for $10 or less. I would love to have you link up!

    Oh, I’m your newest follower!

  6. These are lovely – such a fun idea to mkae with the kids – I love them!
    Visiting from Carolyn’s Homework

  7. so fun! I’d like to invite you to come over and join my special ornament link party… open the rest of this month.. I also have a FAB ornament giveaway you can enter. Hope you can check it out!

  8. @Lowri Thanks Lowri! They really are so much fun with the kids!

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  10. SOOO adorable. I LOVE it..So creative and cute..Very fitting for the season. I LOVE the details.. I would LOVE for you to Please stop in and share/link via my Pin Inspirational Party happening today : )) THANK YOU.. Wishing you an amazing rest of the week.. ~ Marilyn

  11. Love the ornaments…even though my kids are grown I may give this a try!

  12. Looks like you had a great time, even if you still used some burnt ornaments– sweet story!

    Visiting from Crafty, Scrappy, Happy linky party,
    Smiles and thanks for sharing,
    ~Suzanne in NW IL

  13. Oh my goodness! We literally made some of these last night :-) I’ll be using your painting tips this evening.

    Thank-you so much for joining up to our Pin’Inspiration Thursday Party. Your creativity is very much appreciated.

    Happy follower, would love if you popped by and grabbed a button :-)

  14. wow thanks for sharing! I have to do this! :)

  15. I’ve been wanting to do these..they turned out great. Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!


  16. These look gorgeous! I love the color contrast you did!
    Beth =-)

  17. How long do they have to hold their hand still to do the handprint ornament? Could you provide more detailed instruction? Thank you :~}

  18. @Anonymous Hi there! They don’t have to hold their hand still at all. It’s a dough not liquid so you just need to make an impression. Let me know if you need any more explanation!

  19. I plan on doing this next week. What a fun idea! I’d love for you to link up to my Feature Friday Linky Party

  20. very creative and festive
    the little hands are so cute

  21. so many great things to do with salt dough I love making new ornaments each year and we have so many from over the years come see me at

  22. My first attempt at salt dough handprint ornaments was a flop. I will give it another go this week. Your flour to salt ratio is different… maybe my first recipe was bogus {we’ll go with that…}. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I can’t believe that I did not do this this year! Yours turned out super cute!

  24. What sweet memories! Thank you for sharing. -Marci

  25. What happens if you don’t knead it and let it rest? I was in such a hurry to try this out that I didn’t read all the directions! I hope it turns out o.k.

  26. Love these. Salt ornaments are so fun!!! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?

  27. @Tammy I honestly don’t know Tammy. I’ve always kneaded it first. As long as you combined the ingredients really well I would hope it turns out. Good luck!

  28. Stephanie L. says:

    Thank you for such great instructions! I followed them word for word because I was making these for the first time for an activity for my MOMS Club (i.e. they HAD to turn out because I had a whole group planning on decorating them the next morning) and the children all had fun decorating them. They are as fun as sugar cookies to decorate with no corresponding sugar high for the children!

  29. Oh no about the ones you burned! So sad. Love the ones that did work out, though.

    Thanks for linking to Refresh Your Nest Friday, hope you join us again tomorrow!

  30. Have lost track how many neat ideas I have pinned from your blog onto my Pinterest boards today.
    Would you like to be featured my Sunrise Learning Lab blog – under the section Pinterest Mama?
    Would feature you in January.
    Have a nice holiday weekend!

  31. Awwwww so sweet!

  32. Hi what a lovely idea this is I’m going to try it today! Just one quick question will this go mouldy? I’m new to this homemaking I usually cheat and buy everything but my boys are at the age where they want to be more creative and environmentally friendly :) xxx

  33. These are adorable and look like so much fun! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  34. I have been debating buying clay or doing salt dough for paw print ornaments. Your salt dough looks nice and smooth, which is what I was concerned with. I think I will give it a try. :)

  35. Hey! How heavy will the ornaments be once they dry???

  36. Love this idea! Especially the stocking initial chain! Although mine will be more of like a tinsel on our tree as we have 6 kids. :) I am definitely going to make these with my kids this weekend and let them give them as Christmas presents. I am going to make them as well for my customers! Thank you so much for the ideas!

  37. These are so sweet and special Trish!! You have created such special family ornaments! ;)

  38. Making ornaments with my kids is one of my favorite holiday traditions. These are so cute! What a fun time.

  39. These are awesome! I’m going to pin them…I think we’ll be doing them this week!! I hope you’ll stop by and share them at my Christmas Preschool Party linky ( too!

  40. We make these every year and it is a great tradition. Our tree is filled with homemade ornaments. I also label them so my boys don’t try to eat them because they think they are cookies. LOL
    Dee, The CSI Project

  41. So cute! How did you get the glitter to stick?

    • I diluted glue with a little bit of water and gave the kids paint brushes to “paint” on the glue. Add your glitter and let dry. I also sprayed a coat of polyurethane so I wouldn’t have glitter falling off :)

  42. You’re my new favorite site! I love these so much I’m going to try them this weekend. I looked around your site and I love your style. So glad I found you!

  43. I’m going to make these with my daughter! What kind of paint did you use?

  44. I did this last year with the kids…

    I can’t wait to do it again this year and compare the two!
    JANET recently posted..Funny Face…

  45. My kids would LOVE this! :)

  46. These are too adorable so I decided to try them with my little one, but I keep having an issue with them puffing up while baking. :-( Any clue what I could be doing wrong?

  47. Just made the dough- it was so extremely sticky that I couldnt knead it at all. Ended up adding almost a whole extra cup of flour, and its still really sticky. What gives?

  48. How do you get your glitter to stick on the handprints? Do you spray/brush? This is the cutest idea ever…def going to be a new Christmas eve tradition for us!
    Adorable blog ;)

    • I dilute glue with a little water so the kids can “paint” it on. Sprinkle the glitter on top and let dry. I also like to spray a coat of polyurethane on top so I don’t have any glitter flaking off. Thank you for stopping by Lyndee! Merry Christmas!

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