Salt Dough Ornaments

I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t a Christmas nut but I blame my mom and the 13 trees and countless other decorations I had to help put up as a kid – I just think you can never have too much!

As you can never have to many, I have found a new passion for making salt dough ornaments. The obsession began a few years ago when I got Apollo and I wanted to make a paw print ornament of her tiny baby paws – I got a set from tjmaxx to make it with and it turned out so well!

Of course since I did it for one, I will have to do it for every pet I own for the rest of my life, but I did not want to continue to buy the set for it every year, so I taught myself how to make them. This year, I made a huge batch of salt dough because I am also making my own garland for my tree with it!

The recipce I used was from Amy Palajian over at Yummy Toddler Food – I love her page because I eat like a child and her recipes are so good! I really like this recipe because it gives the ornaments a bit of texture and sometimes a little glitter from the salt! I have attached the the link to her recipe here but I also posted the ingredients below.

You’ll need:

  • 4 cups of Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of Salt
  • 2 cups of Water

That’s it! It is so simple!

Then you simply mix all the ingredients together until the dough is moldable, aka not lumpy or falling apart.

Next you want to roll your dough out – every recipe differs at this step – but I rolled mine out until 1/5 of an inch – and then cut out your ornament shapes

  • For the cat paw prints I usually make them about half an inch thick because you have to press down relatively hard to get the paw print.
  • If you don’t have cookie cutter, no problem! Here is some of the things I used to cut out big circles, small circles, and squares:
    • Small circles – I used the mouth of a shot glass
    • Medium circles – I used the lid from a spaghetti sauce
    • Large circles – I used a reusable glass container (disclaimer – this circle was very large and not very useful for me but it would be perfect for little hand prints 🙂
    • For squares – I used a ruler and pencil to draw the square and then a sharp knife to cut it out
    • REMEMBER: Poke holes in the top of your ornaments with a skewer or lollipop stick BEFORE you bake the ornaments so that you will be able to string them:)

Then you are going to bake the ornaments for 2 hours on 275 degrees. You want to make sure that the ornaments will hold their shape before you take them out of the oven – they do not need to be rock solid but make sure that you can’t really bend them without using some force. I let mine bake for closer to 3 hours and then let them cool for an hour before I started painting them.

  • You can let your ornaments air dry – usually takes 1-2 days to fully air dry.

Then the fun part of decorating comes in! You don’t have to paint them if you don’t want too, but I enjoy painting them.

And ta-da, you have homemade ornaments that’ll mean more to you than most of the other ornaments on your tree! Here is how the ones I made this year turned out! Let me know what you think and share your salt dough ornaments with me in the comments 🙂

P.S. Since my boyfriend and I have lived together, I have imprinted our keys into ornaments – I don’t reccomend sharing the finished product, hence the blur out in the photo, because believe it or not people can duplicate your keys just from an image, hopefully it would never happen but you never know in this crazy world!

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