• Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe

    salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Day

    Happy Friday! I thought I would share my Salt Dough Ornaments today in case any of you need any last minute gifts for teachers, grandparents, hosts, or friends. Keep in mind, I made these with my three year old – so they aren’t perfect but I think they are so cute. 

    salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Day

    Salt Dough Ornament Recipe


    • 2 cups of flour (all purpose bleached flour gives you the smoother white ornaments but we used whole wheat flour and that worked fine too since we painted ours)
    • 1 cup of salt (again, fine table salt makes a smoother ornament, but we used course sea salt and it added a bit of sparkle and texture – so it is up to how you want them to look)
    • 3/4 to one cup of water (depending on how dry your dough is – we used 1 cup)



    • Mix all the ingredients together by hand.
    • Knead it until it’s nice and doughy.
    • Flatten by hand or roll dough out with roller
    • Use cookie cutters to make whatever shape ornaments you want.

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    • Use a straw to poke a hole in the top so you can hang them with a string or hook.
    • Lay them out on a slightly greased cookie sheet 1 inch apart.
    • Bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees. Turn over once after 10 minutes.
    • Let them cool after removing them from oven.
    • Paint however you like (we spray painted gold due to a lack of time, but you could hand paint, modge-podge and glitter, etc!)

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    • Using string, jute, or yarn, tie your string to hang the ornament through the hole.
    • Write the year on the back with permanent marker so you’ll remember when you made them!

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    See, ours weren’t perfect! But if you’re giving them from your child to their teacher or grandparent I think it makes them cuter to have a few imperfections – after all, a three year old did help make them. I wrote a little heart, Charlie’s name, and the year on the back of ours. And we kept the Mickey one for ourselves since that’s Charlie’s favorite. I tied them onto his teachers’ gifts (a DIY mason jar snow globe inside a striped favor bag with a pom pom and handwritten note). They were a hit!

    salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Day

    And not only did making these allow us to give some handmade gifts this year, but it started a holiday tradition and created some wonderful family holiday memories as well. Do you have any handmade holiday traditions with your family? And come by next week for a roundup of some of my blogger friends’ holiday traditions before we take a holiday break!

    And in case you missed my holiday posts on Momtastic this week, here you go:

    salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely DayA 5 Minute $5 Holiday Wreath DIY

    salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely DayA Fast and Fun Marshmallow Garland DIY

    Creative Gift Ideas for the Kiddos on Your Christmas List 

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