How to Make Letterpress Salt Dough Ornaments

Laurie March Salt Dough Final

Photography by Daniel Collopy

Looking for a personalized DIY gift this year? I’ll show you how to make these gorgeous, professional-looking salt dough letterpress ornaments, which my family has been making for years. Now you can give thoughtful, monogrammed presents for everyone on your list. Let’s combine your love of baking with your crafting skills. Check out my secret recipe for making things gorgeous during the holidays below and see me making them in this video!

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Gather Materials

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Mix Your Ingredients In a large mixing bowl combine two cups of flour, one cup of salt and one cup of water. Mix with a spoon until it become a dough, then knead the dough by hand into a ball.Tip: If the ball of dough is too large to manipulate, split in two and work with half at a time.

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Lay out parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle some flour on the parchment and place the ball of dough in the center of the sheet. Tip: Sprinkling flour on the parchment paper will help keep the dough from sticking.

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Roll Your Dough  Coat the rolling pin with flour and roll out the dough until it is ¼” thick.

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Cookie Cutter Time  The letterpress cookie cutting process has two-steps. First press the letter side of the cookie cutter into the dough just enough to imprint the letter. Next flip the cookie cutter over and press down until it hits parchment paper, cutting the piece into a square.

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Peel Away Excess Dough  Peel away all the excess dough in between each ornament.

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Create Holes to Hang Ornaments  Take the tip of a pencil and poke a hole into the top of each letter. Make the hole approximately 1/8inch from the top of the letter.

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Bake It  This dough bakes low and slow. Set the oven to 200° and bake the ornaments for 3 hours.

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Cool It Down  Ideally, let the ornaments cool and dry for 24 hours before decorating. The more time they’re allowed to set, the more solid they’ll be, which makes them a lot less susceptible to bending as you decorate.

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Spray Paint!  Head outside, lay down some drop cloths or old sheets and arrange the letters into two or more color groups. Tip: Choose a color palette for your ornaments that will look great on your tree.

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Apply Glue  Fill in the center of the ornaments (where the letters are) with glue.

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Tap On Glitter  Generously shake glitter into the glue. Shake any excess glitter back into the bowl.

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Clean Up  If there is any excess glue or glitter on the letters, use a cotton swab to clean it up.

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Hook It  Set ornaments aside to dry for at least 3 hours. When dry, insert an ornament hook into the hole at the top.

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Enjoy!  Salt dough ornaments are a wonderful, easy family tradition. They look just as good in your tree as they do in gift bags or boxes for all those little presents we need to give for the holidays – from teachers, to hostess gifts, to the postman and more!

Materials

  • Salt
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Measuring cup
  • Letterpress Cookie Cutters
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Spray Paint
  • Ornament hooks
About Laurie March 

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One Response

  1. Sarah K. says:

    I love these! I tried this out and made them as gifts this year. It was so easy and they look so professional!

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