How To: Make Salt Dough Ornaments

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Making salt dough ornaments is an easy holiday craft and one where you probably already have all the supplies you need in your kitchen. With some all-purpose flour, salt, and water, no special materials or equipment is required. Just mix, cut, bake and decorate!

Why Salt?

So you may wonder, why salt in the dough? While there are a number of reasons, the first one is rather simple. The large volume of salt makes this dough not very tasty. This is a good thing when you have the littlest kitchen elves helping you and they’re determined to taste test your craft project.

Secondly, and probably most importantly, salt is one of the oldest preservatives known to man. The salt absorbs the water, drying it out and keeping it from growing mold or harmful bacteria.

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Salt Dough Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • Glitter, paint & ribbon for decoration
  • Polyurethane spray to seal


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  3. Slowly stream in the warm water while stirring until it comes together.
  4. Finish mixing with hands and knead until the dough is soft, about five minutes.
  5. Place half of the dough between two large pieces of parchment paper. Roll out until 1/8″ thick and then remove the top sheet of parchment.
  6. Using cookie cutters, cut shapes but leave them on the parchment. Peel away the excess dough and transfer the parchment with shapes to a baking sheet.
  7. Using a straw or toothpick, poke a hole for a ribbon or ornament hanger.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until hard.
  9. Once cooled, decorate using paint and glitter.
  10. To seal, spray your decorated ornament with a light coat of polyurethane spray.
  11. Thread the ribbon and hang on the tree or gift it to someone.
Salt dough being rolled out between 2 sheets of parchment paper.
Cookie cutters on rolled out salt dough.
Making impressions in a salt dough heart ornament with a fork.
Baking tray full of salt dough ornaments.

Let's Decorate!

Now comes the fun part! But before you start decorating, hit your ornaments with a light mist of white spray paint. This helps to hide any irregularities in color and gives them uniformity; however, that step is totally optional.

Once your white spray paint is dry, use puffy or acrylic paints and brushes to decorate your ornaments. If you want to your ornament to have glitter, use some glue or mod podge to adhere it.

After your paint and glue are dry, seal your handiwork with some polyurethane semi-gloss or glossy spray. Then slip a length of ribbon through the hole you made earlier and your ornament is ready to hang!

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