#NUO2013 Salt Dough Ornaments (What I Learned)

Tips for Making Salt Dough Ornaments

Seriously, I’ve never made salt dough ornaments. I’ve tried, but I usually just let the kids play with the dough. This time around, my goal was to make them look like these, or these, or holy heck these! Guess what, it didn’t work out, but the ornaments the kids made look really cute!


  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • parchment paper


Mix it all together, roll out your dough and make your ornaments just as you would sugar cookies. Stick them in a 250-degree oven for three hours, and viola.

Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But allow me to add a few points.

Add the water slowly; you might not need it all. I ended up with an extremely sticky dough.

#NUO2013 Salt Dough Ornaments 1

Don’t roll your dough too thin. After reading and looking at the pictures from yesterday’s Gingerbread Salt Dough ornaments, I realized this was another mistake I made.

#NUO2013 Salt Dough Ornaments 2

Adding evergreen leaves looks really pretty, but they practically turn to dust when you touch them, after all, that time in the oven.

#NUO2013 Salt Dough Ornaments 5

Drinking straws make the perfect-sized holes for hanging!

#NUO2013 Salt Dough Ornaments 3

If the goal is to have really, really white ornaments, use air-dry clay. Sincerely I don’t know what kind of Photoshop magic some of these other crafters use to make their ornaments look so white!


The most important point to remember is when all else fails, have fun, and just go with it.

#NUO2013 Salt Dough Ornaments Painting


  1. What a fun holiday project to do with the kiddos! I've never made salt dough ornaments, but I love all of the creative possibilities with these. Thanks for sharing them!

  2. These are adorable! Pinned! I'm planning to make ornaments with my boys this season, and I will add this idea to our list. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I just learned what might be the "magic" you speak of, for getting the salt dough ornaments to white. I just read on another blog that she mixes in 1/3C of white acrylic paint (adjusting the water). Makes sense! Of to make some ornaments…no white here today.

  4. Just be careful, a lot of the evergreens are very poisonous!!


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