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Make Some Salt Dough Ornaments

Each holiday, families are creating new traditions to do with their families. They want to make more memories, more smiles and, you guessed it, MORE ORNAMENTS!



Holiday tree decorators all over the world with young children are hanging newly made ornaments by their little ones every year. Why not make it into a family tradition that your little ones can pass down to their children? Let’s find out how to make these adorable item’s, shall we?

Let’s start with what you'll need:

  • 1 cup warm Water

  • 1 cup Salt

  • 2 cups Flour

  • Straw

You can use other things such as cookie cutters, permanent markers, acrylic paints, glitter, gems and anything else you would like to cut and decorate your ornaments with!




Step #1: Create dough!

Mix ingredients into large mixing bowl and knead dough until smooth. (Until it’s not sticking to your fingers) Let dough sit for 20 minutes.

Step #2: Create your Ornaments!

Take dough and make it into a pancake about 1/4 inch thick. You can do this with a rolling pin, plate or even your hands. Use what you have! *My stepmom used to use an old wine bottle. * Then cut the dough into shapes you’d like your ornaments to be. You can use your fingers, forks, a butter knife or cookie cutters. Make sure to take the straw and poke a hole in the area you want to hang the ornaments from!

Step #3: BAKE!

Take our cut ornaments and place them about 1/2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Place in the oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes, then flip and bake for another 30 minutes! Add time if your ornaments are a bit thicker than the 1/4 inches…

Step #4: Decorate!

Remember those extra items I mentioned earlier? Yup, use those to decorate your new ornaments! You can color them with permanent markers, paint them with acrylic paints or glue on pretty much anything! Or… you can leave them as they are and hang them on the tree! You can use ribbon, string or anything you like to create your hangers through the hole you created on your masterpieces!


Once you’re done, and the holidays are over, make sure you pack them away in a safe place to use for next year!

Ah, aren’t traditions exciting.

Even through the kitchen is a mess and the kids are covered in glue, I’m sure you had a fantastic time!

Happy holidays from me and mine to you and yours!

🧡Shine Bright, Kayla


Originally Published on Medium.com December 2022


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