How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments With Your Kids

An Easy Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

The holidays are a time where creativity is encouraged.  Trimming your tree can be costly if you opt to purchase each and every one of your ornaments from the store.  Rather than incur these unnecessary costs, think about other festive ways to decorate.  In fact, with a little bit of imagination and a few ordinary kitchen supplies, you and your children can make salt dough ornaments and create long lasting memories while doing so.

Here is an easy recipe for you to get started. It won’t cost hardly anything, keep your kids entertained, and provide decorations for the holidays.

What You Need From the Kitchen

To prepare these simple adornments for your tree, you will need:

  • ½ cup of salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • ½ cup of water
  • A rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • A toothpick
  • A cookie sheet

What You Can Use From Your Arts and Crafts Stash

Here are a few of the things you can use to decorate your salt dough Christmas ornaments:

  • Glitter
  • Seed Beads (For Eyes)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Rubber Stamps and Ink

Steps for Creating Your Very Own Salt Dough Ornaments

Creating fun ornaments takes very little time after you have gathered the necessary supplies.  Here are the steps to take when preparing and baking the dough:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Mix together the dry ingredients, the flour and the salt, with the water until it forms a dough.

3. Spread flour onto a flat, dry surface and begin to knead the dough on top of it.

4. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin.  Be careful not to let it get too thin.  If you prefer molding the dough by hand, remember that your palms will get sticky unless you put flour on them too.

5. Use cookie cutters to acquire the desired shapes you want.

6. Take a toothpick and trace a circle at the top of each ornament.  This will allow you to thread ribbon through the hole and hang the decorations on your tree.

7. Place all of your ornaments on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for two hours.

8. Once the items have turned brown and risen, remove them from the oven.

9. Allow the ornaments to cool completely before decorating them with the aforementioned craft supplies.

My mother made salt dough ornaments routinely with my brothers and I while we were growing up.  One of my favorites that she designed was a ballerina bear.  Not only did it have a tulle tutu, it even had pink ballet slippers.  It was incredibly inventive and a reminder that handmade holidays mean even more to some families.  I know that it made quite the impression on me!

Author: Charissa

Charissa is into frugal living and saving money.


I didn't have a cookie cutter so I used wine glasses! I found smaller stem vases to make smaller ornaments and saved myself a trip to walmart 


I used the tip of a clicker pen, perfect sized hole :) thanks for the idea!! Very creative and fun for the whole family!!


I had to add a good bit of flour to this to make it workable, but  It worked really well once I got it to the right consistency.


That sure looks fun! I wanna try doing this with the kids at home...


Thanks for sharing this recipe. My only word of caution is be careful if you have pets, sometimes these types of ornaments get eaten!


How can i make them not break on my tree after i decorate them about all of mine broke for some reason did i put to much salt or not enough flour i don't understand need reply asap please


We just use a needle and thread for the hole. Finding the right cookie cutter is much easier at thrift stores this time of year.


I use a straw for the holes. If you don't want them to puff up, knead them for at least 10-12 minutes, then bake @ 200 degrees for an hour, turning halfway through. I added some cinnamon to the dough, and they smell fantastic!!

C in DC
C in DC

The end of a straw works well for creating the ribbon hole, too.