Ready, Set, Bake!
This salt dough ornament project is as easy as 1-2-3, but I broke it into ten steps so that I could include more pics of my kiddos – ha!
If you’re looking for a fun project to do with the kids for the holidays THIS IS IT. Katie made hers without any help (except for the baking), and Micah did most of his on his own. And of course after all the fun is over you have a sweet keepsake for your tree and possibly a gift for the grandparents, too.
Note: If you saw the photos in Levi’s birth story you **may** have noticed I like bright colors. My Christmas tree is no exception, but these would be beautiful with more traditional colors, too!
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water (or more as needed)
- polyurethane or acrylic spray (optional, seals out moisture so that they last longer)
- Rolling pin
- Cookie sheet (This is a really good stainless steel one)
- Drinking straw
- Holiday shaped cookie cutters (I love this snowflake and this set)
- Acrylic paints
How To Make Salt Dough Ornaments
Step 1: Preheat oven to 250F. Measure flour and salt, then add them to a medium mixing bowl and stir.
Step 2: Add water.
Step 3: Mix thoroughly. Sprinkle parchment paper with flour and knead dough until it’s soft and pliable. Add more flour if it’s ultra sticky.
Step 4: Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
Step 5: Cut out ornaments using cookie cutters.
Step 6: Peel away dough and lift cutout.
Step 7: Place cutout on and ungreased cookie sheet.
Step 8: Using your straw, create a hole for the ribbon that will hang the ornament. Place ornaments in the oven and bake for two to three hours, or until completely dry. Flip once while baking, then remove and allow to cool completely.
Step 9: When the ornaments have cooled, decorate them with paints and/or glitter if desired.
Optional step: If you want your ornaments to last for years and years, seal them with three to four thin coats of polyurethane gloss varnish (it’s clear) or acrylic spray after the decorative paint has fully dried. Make sure to coat the entire surface to prevent moisture from getting in.
Step 10: Snap selfie, because while you **may** have managed to prevent your preschooler from painting the kitchen table, you did not prevent him from painting you.
Looking for more ornament projects?
Here’s one we did a few years ago.STANDARD FTC DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please note that I only ever endorse products that are in alignment with Mommypotamus' ideals and that I believe would be of value to my readers.