You may have made salt dough ornaments as a kid, yes? Well, we took the classic homemade ornament to the next level by gilding the humble craft with a little more glamour. We added imprints of winter greens — plus pom-poms and sequins as berries.
Follow along with these easy steps.
How To Make Salt Dough Ornaments
Makes 8 to 12
What You Need
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- Measuring cups
- Rolling pin
- Parchment paper
- Sprigs of greenery
- Cookie cutter
- Drinking straw
- Baking sheet
- Primer and spray paint
- Glue dots
- Pom-poms and sequins
- Measure out your ingredients: You can double this recipe to make up to 25 ornaments at once.
- Make the dough: Mix the flour and salt, then slowly add the water, while continuing to mix. You might not need to use all of the water if the dough starts to come together quickly.
- Knead the dough: Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it with your hands until it's pliable and uniform.
- Make the disks: Working with a small chunk of dough at a time, roll out a slab of dough so it's about 3/8" thick.
- Add the imprint: Place a sprig of greenery on the dough and gently roll over it with a rolling pin to create an impression.
- Cut it out: Use a cookie cutter to cut out your ornament. It's okay if some of the impression gets cut off — just center your design however you like.
- Punch out a hole for hanging: A drinking straw makes the perfect hole punch! Figure out where you want your ornament to hang and push a straw into the dough. Pull it out to reveal the hole.
- Bake: Put your ornaments on a parchment paper-lined tray and bake at 200°F for four hours, turning them over halfway through.
- Prime and paint: Let the ornaments cool for at least 15 minutes. Then, prime and paint them with spray paint, letting them dry before each coat.
- Decorate: When the paint is dry, use glue dots (available at craft stores) to embellish your ornaments with mini pom-pom and sequin berries. Then, attach twine through the hole and the ornaments are ready to hang.
- If you notice your ornaments bubble up in the oven, you can try freezing your next batch for 25 minutes before you bake them.
- If you want to keep these for years to come, make sure you spray paint both sides of the ornaments to seal them and protect them from bugs and pests.
Craft stylist: Morgan Levine