Heirloom Ornaments: Salt Dough

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salt dough

Salt dough ornaments can be decorated with imprints of hands, leaves and plants, even lace before baking and painted, glittered and ribboned once baked!

Salt Dough Ornaments

This craft is simple even for the littlest ones to play with the dough and press in a hand, foot print or fingerprint. Older children will enjoy painting, decorating and stringing their art. Tools can be found around the house- a glass for a cutter, bottle for rolling pin and any straw will do!


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • Clear Glaze Finish or Mod Podge


  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Combine all of your ingredients and knead for 10 minutes. If your dough is too dry add a little bit more water in and continue to knead.
  3. Roll out the dough to a thickness that you’d like your salt dough ornament to be.
  4. Using a large cookie cutter, cut out different shapes for your salt dough ornament.
  5. Have your child place their hand into the salt dough or press in greenery or lace and remove for a pattern on the ornament. If the dough is too hard to get an imprint it may be too dry and you can continue to knead by adding in a little bit more water.
  6. Using a straw, make a hole in the top for where you want to hang your salt dough ornament.
  7. Bake for 1-2 hours. If your ornaments are still doughy, put back in for another hour. (It will depend on your thickness how long you need to bake for. The thinner ornaments will take less time but thicker may take more).
  8. If you encounter too much puffing, roll out thinner ornaments and this will help reduce the puffing. If the ornament is still a bit doughy, bake for longer or let sit out a few days to harden before decorating.
  9. Once cool, you can decorate by painting with acrylic or kids paint.
  10. Add glitter by applying glue to the area then sprinkle glitter on top of the glue, shake off the excess and let it dry.
  11. Spray with a clear glaze finish or finish with mod podge. This will also keep the glitter adhered to the ornament (mostly)
  12. Happy holidays!

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