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Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

The Best Salt Dough Ornament Recipe
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Keyword: salt dough ornament recipe


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1.5 cups water *Maybe a little more water needed once kneaded.


  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Important: Check what temperature your oven setting is. If your oven temperature is Celsius you will need to bake at a much lower temperature (the lowest setting is usually a good one to start with). 
    Adults will need to do the baking part, but kids can help decorate!
  • 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.
    Keep kneading until the dough becomes really smooth. This takes about 10 minutes. 
  • 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. If you make them too thick they will take too long to dry.
  • Using your Christmas cookie cutters, cut out different shapes for your salt dough ornaments.
  • Using a straw, make a hole in the top of the ornament for where you would like the twine to hang.
  • For a faster baking process, we like to let the dough air dry for a day. 
    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.
    Make sure to flip them when air drying or baking so that the bottoms of the ornaments dry also. 
  • Once cool and completely dried, paint with non-toxic acrylic paint.  We used white for the snowflake, red for the mitten, green for the Christmas tree and gold for the bell.
  • Before adding the glitter, you'll need to seal the ornaments. This will help them keep longer.  Make sure your ornaments are completely dried through before sealing. Spray with a clear glaze spray (adults only) or finish with mod podge.
  • Now add clear glue on top of your ornament and shake glitter on top until you fill the ornament with glitter. 



To preserve longer - it is recommended to seal your ornaments. 
Storage: Keep stored in a cool, dry place when not in use.