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Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

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Salt dough ornaments are the perfect Christmas craft and activity to do with your kids. We love making salt dough ornaments and have made quite a few including our salt dough handprint ornament, fingerprint ornaments and star ornament.  All of these salt dough ornaments make perfect gifts for kids to help make too! Make them to give to grandparents or simply make as an activity and hang them on your tree. We will walk you through our easy salt dough ornament recipe and answer any questions you may have on how to make salt dough!

How to make salt dough recipe

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

The best part about making salt dough is it’s easy! And you typically already have the ingredients on hand – salt, flour and water. Don’t worry if you don’t have the decoration supplies just yet. Make your batch of salt dough, bake and then let them air dry for a few days before decorating.

Watch the full tutorial video here before you get started!

Best Salt Dough Recipe

Just a friendly reminder that salt dough can be dangerous around pets – please keep out of reach of pets and small children.  Always read and follow the directions of products used.

We’re going to show you how to make these glittery salt dough ornaments – aren’t they so pretty? Your Christmas tree will be glistening with these homemade ornaments!

How to Make Salt Dough

Ingredients Needed to Make This Salt Dough Ornament Recipe 

– 4 cups Flour

– 1 cup Salt

– 1.5 cups Water (maybe a little more)

Christmas Cookie Cutters

Acrylic Paint


Clear Glue

Gold Twine

Clear glaze spray or mod podge

Salt Dough Ornaments

How to Make Salt Dough – Ornament Recipe

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Adults will need to do the baking part, but kids can help decorate!

2. Combine your flour, salt and water and mix well. Knead for 10 minutes. If your dough is too dry, add a little bit more water. If it’s too sticky, add a little bit of flour. It will help to place flour down on your surface when kneading and on your hands.

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

3. Once you’re done kneading, roll out the dough to about 1/2 cm thickness. The thinner you make the ornaments, the better they will thoroughly bake and dry through.

Salt Dough Thickness

4. Using your Christmas cookie cutters, cut out different shapes for your salt dough ornaments.

Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

5. Using a straw, make a hole in the top of the ornament for where you would like the twine to hang.

Make Hole in Salt Dough Ornament

6. Bake for 1-2 hours. If your ornaments are not completely dried through when you pull them out put back in for another hour.  The baking time will vary greatly depending on the size and thickness of your ornaments. Larger ornaments will take longer whereas smaller ornaments will take less time. You can also let them air dry for a day before baking and this will cut down on the baking time.

If you notice puffing when baking, it is likely because the ornaments are too thick. In this case, let them air dry for a few days before baking.

Bake Salt Dough Ornaments

7. Once cool and completely dried, paint with acrylic paint.  We used white for the snowflake, red for the mitten, green for the Christmas tree and gold for the bell.

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

8. Now you’ll want to seal before adding your glitter. Make sure your ornaments are completely dried through before sealing. Spray with a clear glaze spray (adults only) or finish with mod podge.

9. Now add clear glue on top of your ornament and shake glitter on top until you fill the ornament with glitter.  Kids will love helping with this part!

Baking Salt Dough


Easy Salt Dough Recipe

Once you’re done, add your gold twine for hanging them on the tree.

These have to be our favorite salt dough ornaments we’ve made and they look great on the Christmas tree! This salt dough ornament recipe is the best we have tried – if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below and we can help you!

Best Salt Dough Recipe Christmas Ornaments

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These Salt Dough Handprint ornaments are our most popular salt dough ornament. See how to make these adorable handprint keepsakes!

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And for another ornament idea – make these salt dough star ornaments. These look great with the bell added!

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46 comments on “Salt Dough Ornament Recipe”

  1. Could you color the dough when making it?

  2. Can I seal them before painting them?

  3. Our family moved to Ecuador almost 50 years ago and for our first Christmas we realized that we could not get any ornaments and we had not taken any. We made these ornaments using cement dye to color them. We didn’t seal them properly but they still lasted for probably 25 years. It became a family tradition after that and as long as we had kids home we made them. Last year I had the privilege of making them with my 5 year old great-granddaughter and she loved it!

  4. What do I use for sealer and when? When do I use modge podge? Plan to make glitter ones. Does the modge posge need to be spray? Thanks!

  5. Hi! I just made these and had to cook them for a couple of hours and they seem to still be a little soft in the Center?  What should I do? Bake again more or leave them to air dry to dry out or use a food dehydrator?? Thanks! 

    • Increase the temperature by 50 degrees Fahrenheit and put back in for 30-60 minutes. Watch closely that puffing doesn’t occur. If they are still soft, let them air dry for 24 hours and see how they are after that. Make sure it’s on a cookie drying rack so that the air can get to the bottom.

  6. Is there a printer friendly version of this? Too long to print!! And I’m not techy enough to bring computer into kitchen.

  7. ours took over 5 hours in the over plus sat overnight. less than 1/2 inch thick too but very cute!

  8. If I can push on the back of the ornament would I need to cook longer?

  9. Hi. I would like to make one of the ornaments with a Christmas tree cut out then put the glitter on then a picture of my daughter. Would that work?

    • I’m not sure you could glue on a picture on top of glitter but you could glue on a picture then add mod podge on top and then glitter around it.

  10. How far in advance can you make the dough?

    • We recommend making before you plan on doing it, but if you have to make in advance you can try putting in the fridge just make sure you let it sit at room temperature to warm up after taking it out as it will be hard.

  11. Can you wait to seal it after applying the glitter (so that the glitter doesn’t fall off and get everywhere), or does it need to be sealed before the glitter and glue?

  12. How many ornaments does the recipe make?

  13. All purpose flour or self rising? Or does that matter?

  14. Is baking absolutely necessary?

    • It is recommended but we have heard you can let it air dry in some dryer climates. You can definitely try it and let us know how it goes!

  15. how many ornaments should this recipe yield?

  16. can you add cinnamon to dough for scent and color?

  17. What is mod podge where do you get it

  18. Will it last for years??

  19. After you apply the mod podge, do you have to let it dry before you put the clear glue On?

    And, could you just use glitter glue?

  20. Do you think covering the finished product with clear glaze spray would be OK?

  21. Shouldn’t you spray again after the glitter/glue goes on and dries

    • The seal/spray is to keep the moisture out of the ornament so it’s not necessary to spray after for the glue and glitter but if you’d like to you can.

  22. What do you use to print a name and date on them?

  23. If it’s completely hard does that mean that it’s completely dry.

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