Salt dough ornaments are a simple, cheap, and fun project for your children this Christmas. If your tree is already full you can use these ornaments as gift tags for your homemade Christmas gifts or decorations in a food gift basket.
If you are wondering what salt dough is, it’s that same familiar recipe you used in elementary school to make maps!
Mix together flour and salt. Then mix in the warm water.
Mix until you have a dough that is similar in consistency to pie crust.
Take the dough and place it on a floured surface.
Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutters you could use a glass to cut circles. Make sure you have lots of helpers.
Also make sure someone is watching the baby….
Put the shapes on a cookie sheet. Then take a sharp object (I used a meat thermometer) to put a small hole in each shape where you will insert the ribbon. Make sure the hole goes all the way through the dough, because it will close up slightly while baking.
Bake the salt dough ornaments for 4 to 6 hours at 200 degrees or until hardened.
After the ornaments are finished baking let them cool completely. The ornaments are now ready for painting. We used Crayola washable tempera paints.
You can mix glitter with your paints for a sparkly paint, glue on sequins, or add stickers. Get creative!
After the paint has dried thread ribbon through the hole and either hang the ornaments on the tree or use as gift tags. If you want to write on the ornaments use a sharpie, it works really well.
See all our homemade Christmas gift ideas here.