Holiday How-To: Make Classic Salt Dough Ornaments

What’s not to love about DIY salt dough ornaments? They’re nearly impossible to mess up, a perfect snowy day activity for kids and adults alike, as infinitely customizable as your basic holiday cut-out cookies, and can make a great holiday gift for friends and family. Choose your favorite cookie cutter, and have at it.

How to make a salt dough ornament.

You probably already have all of the fixings around your house. This basic mix creates 5-10 ornaments (depending on the size of your cut-out shapes), and can easily be scaled up or divided to create larger or smaller batches:

  • 2 cups of flour (and a little extra to prevent sticking on your work surface)
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • Assorted cookie cut-outs
  • Rolling pin
  • A pointed object, like an unfurled paperclip or pencil
  • Baking sheet

With the oven preheating to 325 degrees, mix all ingredients together to form a dough. Roll the dough out on a smooth surface until it is approximately 1/8″-1/4″ thick. Go wild with the cut-outs until you have as many ornaments as you want (and if you want a custom shape, have at it with a butter knife).

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Transfer the cut-outs to a baking sheet, and before putting them in the oven, use a pointed tip to carve out a small hole for the ornament hook.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until the whole ornament begins to brown. Depending on the thickness of your ornament, this may take a little longer. If you’re curious, I found this cutter at Williams-Sonoma, and bought it because I was impressed with its sheer size. Huge ornaments, huge cookies, can’t go wrong.

I used a really large cookie cutter to make my salt dough ornaments.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool, and seal the finished ornaments with acrylic craft paints or a clear coat to help preserve the pieces for years to come.

If you’re looking for different types of DIY ornaments to make this holiday season, consider these:

Happy holiday crafting!

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