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How To Make Salt Dough Ornaments with Kids for the Holidays.

If you’re looking for a fun and easy arts and crafts activity to do with your kids during the holiday season, making salt dough ornaments is a simple activity your kids will love.

Making salt dough ornaments is a trouble-free, safe activity that’ll allow your kids to help you in the kitchen with ingredients you probably already have in the pantry. And it’s super fun!

How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

Ingredients You Need to Make Salt Dough Ornaments with the Kids

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup plain salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Tools for Creating Christmas Ornaments out of Dough

  • Holiday shaped cookie cutters
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie sheet
  • Drinking straws

Directions for Making Christmas Salt Dough Ornaments

Preheat oven to 250°F.

In a bowl, mix flour and salt. Next, add cold water and combine ingredients until a soft dough forms.
Then transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until soft and springy. (For the stickier dough, add flour, a teaspoon at a time.)

Lightly sprinkle flour onto the rolling pin and roll the dough, ¼ inch thick.

Carefully press cookie cutters into the dough, removing any excess pieces. Using a straw, puncture a small hole into the dough.


Place cut-outs onto a cookie sheet and bake for two hours or until the dough is completely dry.
Remove from oven and let cool before decorating.

Salt Dough Ornaments Decorating Tips

Add a dose of sparkle to your ornaments: Lightly coat each ornament with paste and sprinkle four teaspoons of glitter atop.

Sugar Cookies: For colored sugar, in a bowl, mix two tablespoons each of red, green, and gold glitter. For frosting, choose any color of artists’ acrylic paint to decorate cookies. Carefully apply paint and sprinkle glitter on top while the paint is wet.

Baby’s First Christmas/Kitten or Puppy’s First Christmas: Celebrate the newest addition to your family with adorable hand or paw print ornaments. These ornaments make for wonderfully endearing gifts for new moms and dads, grandparents, and pet lovers.

More Ornament Crafts for Kids to Try This Christmas

How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

Yield: 6 Ornaments
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Making salt dough ornaments is a trouble-free, safe activity that'll allow your kids to help you in the kitchen with ingredients you probably already have in the pantry. And it's super fun!

Materials

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup plain salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Tools

  • Holiday shaped cookie cutters
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie sheet
  • Drinking straws

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
    2. In a bowl, mix flour and salt.
    3. Next, add cold water and combine ingredients until a soft dough forms.
    4. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until soft and springy. (For the stickier dough, add flour, a teaspoon at a time.)
    5. Lightly sprinkle flour onto the rolling pin and roll the dough, ¼ inch thick.
    6. Carefully press cookie cutters into the dough, removing any excess pieces.
    7. Using a straw, puncture a small hole into the dough.
    8. Place cut-outs onto a cookie sheet and bake for two hours or until the dough is completely dry.
    9. Remove from oven and let cool before decorating.

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