Salt Dough Ornaments {Awesome homemade gift!}

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My daughter’s girl scout troop is making ornaments to take with them next weekend to the nursing home in our town. The girls are going to be caroling for the residents, and decorating a tree with homemade ornaments. My daughter had so much fun making these, as did all the other girls, that I wanted to share the super easy recipe with you.

Salt Dough


  • 1 cup table salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm water



Mix salt and flour together in large bowl. Add warm water and mix with hand. Dough will be sticky.

Mix until a smooth ball forms – the dough should pull away from sides and your hand once mixed. Depending on where you live, you may have to adjust the amount of flour and water slightly.

I prefer to work with smaller chunks of dough (it ends up being easier with my kids). Take your preferred amount of dough and form it into flat, round disk and roll and generously floured surface with floured rolling pin. Have a lot of extra flour on hand, or you will end up with a very sticky mess!

Roll to about a 1/4 of an inch thick. Use cookies cutters to achieve desired shapes.

Take a straw and poke a hole through the top of your cut out shape.

Place on cookie sheet and bake a 200 degrees F for 2-3 hours or until hard and dry. (Cooking times may vary depending on how thick you make your ornaments).

Allow to cool completely. Then paint! Get creative – use glitter, small pompoms, sequins, feathers, etc. You can even color them with markers. Add a decorative ribbon to hole and hang on your tree or hand out as a neat homemade gift.


Don’t want to paint your ornaments? Add food coloring to the dough when you are mixing it for pre-colored ornaments.

Have left over salt dough, or maybe you want to make it in advance? Store in an airtight container. I like to keep mine in the fridge, but I have friends that keep it right on the counter.


Have fun! :)

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    Chris H says:

    I am going to have to try this
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