Salt Dough Ornaments

Every Christmas I sit back and enjoy watching the kiddos decorate the our Christmas tree. The most awesome thing about our tree every year is that it never looks the same as the prior year, and over half the ornaments were handmade.

One of my favorite kind of ornaments are made from salt dough. It’s like making cookies, only you can paint them and hang them on the tree. If they fall and break, no big deal they’re made from dough, so it’s not like their glass and you have to worry about little hands or feet getting cut.

I’m always so amazed at the different designs and ideas the kids come up with for their ornaments .

The picture above are just a few we’ve painted and made. If you’d like to make your own salt dough ornaments this holiday here is the recipe:

Basic Salt Dough Recipe


  • 1 cup of fine salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water (may add more)


  • In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour
  • Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water
  • Knead until smooth and shape into a ball
  • When not in use, wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container

HINT: To get a softer dough you can add more flour. Adding more salt will lend a more granulous affect. Use wallpaper glue and the dough with be more cohesive. To add color to your dough, use different types of flour or add food coloring or paint. Knead to get an even color. You may also paint your ornaments and sculptures after they dry.

(compliments of easy kid crafts)


Daughter of a dairy farmer, this crafty mom has a heart for all things handmade. When she's not writing or crafting, you can find her creating memories with her family.

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