Salt Dough – A Christmas Present
Salt Dough ornaments are a fun and easy way to start a crafty holiday.
Last year for christmas gifts, Little Ms R and her older sister Ms M made the families handmade gifts. This was so much fun to do and kept the kiddo’s busy for a while! For them, the best part was they got to tell people the gift it was handmade from them. They got the biggest smiles, it kinda melted my heart.
So, to begin you have to prepare the salt dough. Super easy and fun!
Salt Dough Recipe
- 1 cup of fine salt
- 2 cups 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 - for at least 5 minutes, the more kneading the smoother the dough.
- Rolling dough out with a rolling-pin is the easiest way, try not to make them too thick, maybe 1/4″ thick (think sugar cookie)
- To get a softer dough you can add more flour. (if you add more salt, it starts to feel like sand)
The fun part, grab those cookie cutters, knives or whatever and start making your cutouts.
- If the dough is sticks to the cookie cutters, just dip the cookie cutter in some flour!
- Roll up some snowballs and create a snowman~ (this will need to dry a lot longer and would suggest air drying anything like this.)
- To attach salt dough to another piece of dough, make sure to use a little water as glue.
- Use a toothpick to make your hole in the ornaments, this way you can attach your ribbon or wire. (this is really hard to do after they are cooked)
- Line all of your “cookies” on a cookie sheet!
Bake at 200 F until your creation is dry; usually about 2 hours if they are thin
- you can always let them air dry - depending on the thickness this can take a few days.
- If you want them to dry faster you can up the temp of the oven to 350 but they will most likely brown, if your painting them this really isn’t an issue.
Have fun with the little ones! I promise this will be a great project and they will love to hand out something they made to their friends, family and maybe even a teacher! You can write on the back with a permanent maker too!