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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Salt Dough Ornaments

We made salt dough ornaments a week or so ago and they are now complete....by toddler standards anyway.  :)  Here is the recipe we used:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  •  mix flour and salt and add water slowly as you stir....once mixed, knead the dough with your hands until soft and pliable...roll out the dough....cut with cookie cutters...use a toothpick to make a hole in each one for hanging (we skipped this part...keep reading to find out why)...place on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 about 1 hour.
I dont have any pics of the mixing/cutting process because it was kind of a spur of the moment activity and I was too lazy to go upstairs and get the camera.  LOL

We painted our with acrylic paint and then sealed them by spraying them with polycrylic.  I used fishing line to hang them. 

My newly turned 3 year old painting his ornament.  This was a process.  It took him a few days to do all of the ornaments he wanted to do.  I just left the materials out for him to revisit at his own pace.

 Finished product (the tree on the far left is mine).

 My son is a power tool fanatic.  I intentionally left out the "poke a hole in the ornaments with a toothpick" part because I KNEW he would love this part - drilling holes for hanging.

 drilling holes in the ornaments for hanging

hanging from the tree  



  1. Thanks for sharing - my 7 year old loved making these and they are in the oven as we speak!

  2. We also made these with my 2 years old, but used different proportion- 2 cups of flour, 1 cup salt and 1 cup water- turned out great!
    A tip- we had to knead it for quite a while to get the dough smoth- 15- 20 min. Today was the first day for painting, but not the last. :)

    Merry Christmas! :)

  3. omg! I love this! my son has many sets of grandparents (including great and great great grandparents)! I know he'll love making these - and won't break the bank come Christmas time!

    ...is it December yet??


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