Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

December 11, 2011

Salt Dough Ornaments

Filed under: Arts and Crafts,Holidays — by dsuzuki @ 11:11 pm
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I’ve been seeing all sorts of salt dough ornament activities on Pinterest lately and decided it might be something my daughter would enjoy since she’s been begging to do some baking but we still haven’t finished the last batch of snickerdoodles we made.  This was my first time making these (at least since I was a kid) so I wasn’t sure about which recipe to use.  I ended up using this one:

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 & 1/2 cups of water

1. Mix flour and salt together

2. Slowly add the water while mixing and then knead the dough.

3. Roll out the dough and cut them into the shapes you want

4. Bake at 225 degrees for 1-2 hours

Notes for next time:

  • Definitely half the recipe next time.  She got tired out and bored by time she used about half of the dough
  • We tried adding some glitter to the dough and that didn’t work at all.  It just made the dough look a little dingy.  Not sure if it’s because we used some of the cheaper, finer glitter.
  • We also wanted to try coloring some of the dough and added the food coloring after we mixed everything.  It took a long time to get it to a dark enough color.  I think next time I may try adding the food coloring to the water before adding the water to the salt and flour.
  • Some of the ornaments were thicker than the others and I should definitely have baked them for longer (I baked them for one hour).  The tops looked good when I took them out but after they cooled off I turned them over and realized they didn’t bake all the way through to the bottom.

The next day my daughter and I decorated them.

I gave her some glitter glue and paint and let her go at it.  She insisted I had to do some too and it turned out to be a lot of fun.

And finally tying the strings onto them.

So all in all my daughter had a blast but definitely room for improvement next year.  I highly suggest everyone try this activity out with their kids and let their creative juices flow.



  1. I am so doing this with the kids!

    Comment by Pam — December 11, 2011 @ 11:20 pm |Reply

  2. We did something similar – non-edible playdough ornaments. Let the kids paint them. It’s great because Gabby has 8 teachers so that cuts down on the cost for presents … a $5 gift card to Starbucks and an ornament … that is what they are getting.

    Comment by alicia — December 12, 2011 @ 1:10 pm |Reply

  3. Have fun Pam!
    Alicia-sounds like a great gift. If you really want to get ambitious I love this card: for Starbucks gc idea.

    Comment by dsuzuki — December 12, 2011 @ 2:11 pm |Reply

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