I’m sure you’ve seen or at least heard of salt dough ornaments. We have been making them every year since my oldest was born. They are such a fun and easy craft to do with the kids. They are also great to give away as gifts! Of course, the first year I made them my daughter was only a few months old so I did most of the work(:
Things have changed a lot since then. Now instead of gently pressing baby feet into the dough, I’m being told she can do it all herself. Her little brother, however, is a whole other story. He was more entertained by the bowl and spoon than with the ornaments themselves. That is until we got out the paint (:
Since this craft is becoming a holiday tradition with my family I thought why not share it with you too!
I have to say, this recipe really couldn’t get any easier. You only need 3 ingredients and a few cookie cutters.
Here’s what you need:
1 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
1/2 a cup of water
(A bowl and spoon for mixing)
Here’s what you do:
Mix your ingredients together in a large bowl until everything starts sticking and there are no more clumps. I find that if I mix the salt and the flour together while the ingredients are dry there are fewer clumps throughout the dough. This is what the dough should look like once it’s completely combined. It looks a little loose, but once you pack it together it works great and isn’t too sticky.
Once the mixture is completely combined I laid a ball out on aluminum foil (for no reason other than easier cleanup,) and rolled out the dough. Then after the kids picked out which shape they wanted, we used our cookie cutters to cut them out. If you are going to put them on a string here is where you should add a hole ( a straw works great.)
After putting them on a baking sheet we placed them in the oven at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. You will need to let them cool a bit before you can decorate them but we only had to wait about a half an hour. Then use whatever you would like you can decorate them and make them your own. The design opportunities are unlimited so get creative and have fun!
If your kids love playdoh then you have to give this a try! We had a great time making ornaments and making memories. And this is sure to be a tradition I will continue for years to come(:
What are some of your holiday traditions? Are they old or newer like mine?? I would love to know so leave me a comment below and let me know!
Thanks for reading!