salt dough ornaments

We’re slowly gearing up for Christmas at my house and I love every second of it. Preparing for Christmas is just as fun as the holiday itself. Since my family won’t be celebrating Christmas at home this year, we decided to keep the decorations simple and save the fragile ornaments for next year. So a part of keeping our decorations simple meant no large Christmas tree; just two mini trees on our dining table. We didn’t have any mini ornaments to hang on the trees so I thought to make my own. I always wanted to make salt dough ornaments and I finally had my chance. Let me show you how to make these simple, but definitely festive ornaments and garland.


What you need:

2 cups flour
½ cup salt
¾ cup water

 

Tools / Equipment:

cookie cutters
string/twine

You can do this in a mixer or by hand. I’m kind of lazy to do it by hand and I don’t have mixer, but luckily my Ninja blender has a paddle perfect for making dough.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

TIP ONE I used regular white flour and whole wheat flour. The white will give you a lighter look, while the wheat makes the ornaments a darker color with a flaky texture.

Add the water in small increments as you mix. Keep adding water until you get a doughy consistency. It should feel like playdough and should be easy to mold.

Roll the dough into ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 8-10 minutes, allowing the dough to harden.

After you take it out from the fridge, sprinkle flour onto a clean area and roll out the dough. Try to evenly roll the dough out into a ¾ inch thickness.

Using your cookie cutters, cut out the shapes.

TIP TWO: For variety mix up cookie cutter shapes and sizes.

Then using a straw or a paperclip, cut holes for the string.

TIP THREE: Make one hole if you want to make an ornament or two holes if you want to make a garland.

Place all of the cut out pieces on a baking sheet and bake them for 30 minutes or until it turns a faint light brown. Once they  are done place them onto a cooling rack.

Once they have been cooled it’s time to decorate and string them! For decorating I used the spray painting and glittering technique from my last DIY post. When stringing the ornaments make sure you have a good length allowing for the ornament to hang. When stringing the garland allow spaces in between each shape, this will help it to rest on the branches.


Once they have been cooled it’s time to decorate and string them! For decorating I used the spray painting and glittering technique from my last DIY post (view here). When stringing the ornaments make sure you have a good length allowing for the ornament to hang. When stringing the garland allow spaces in between each shape, this will help it to rest on the branches.