Are you and the kids looking for fun, homemade ways to decorate for Christmas? My kids and I decided to make some salt dough ornaments today, and we had so much fun I think we’ll make it a yearly tradition!
We used a recipe my mom has used for years, and you’ll likely find you already have all the ingredients:
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
Optional: food coloring or cinnamon to add color to the dough; glitter and/or crayons to decorate baked ornaments.
Combine all ingredients well. If you want, you can add food coloring to the dough! *please remember not to roll out food coloring dough on your porous stone countertops! It is possible to remove the stains, but it’s easier cover the work area with wax paper ahead of time. It took me about 10 minutes per colored batch to combine the color evenly. I used cinnamon to color one batch brown. You can put the dough into sealed plastic bags and they will keep for up to a week.
When you roll out the dough, you want it to be about 3/4 to one inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut your ornament into a fun shape. Use a straw or toothpick to make a hole to hang your ornament about a 1/4 inch from the top of the ornament. We also used a straws and small letter-shaped cookie cutters to press different shapes in our ornaments.
Put the ornaments on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets in an 275 degree oven for 3 hours.
If you added food coloring, you may notice the color has faded after baking. We decided to decorate our ornaments by taking them out of the oven one at a time and coloring them with a crayon. The hot ornament melts the wax and gives the ornament a smooth, glossy look.
Our ornaments turned out great! We may even use a few as gift tags. If you decide to try making the ornaments, please share a picture of how they turn out!
disclaimer: salt dough is extremely toxic and life-threatening for dogs, so please be careful if you have a furry four-legged friend.