Salt Dough Ornaments

Working with salt dough is a fun and very inexpensive way to make some personalized heirloom ornaments this year. There is something so special about handmade ornaments. They give your home a personal feel and create lifelong memories for you and your children. They also make great gifts for friends and loved ones.

Making these heirloom holiday decorations is easier than you think. With this simple recipe you’ll have adorable, handmade (not to mention, non-toxic and eco-friendly) ornaments to show off to your friends and family.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups organic, all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fine sea salt
  • 1-1 1/2 cup warm water
  • Assorted cookie cutters
  • Paint, glitter or embellishments of choice
  • Ribbon (for hanging)


  1. Mix the flour and salt together well. Incorporate water a little bit at a time until you have a firm ball of dough. If the dough is too sticky, add small amounts of flour until the desired consistency is reached.
  2. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Make a small hole near the top for hanging. Carve in designs or features with a toothpick. Lift shape carefully when transferring to baking sheet.
  3. Bake on parchment lined baking sheet at 325º for 20 to 30 minutes or until completely hardened.
  4. Allow to cool, then decorate with paints, fabric scraps, ribbon, etc. or leave them to their natural beauty. Hang with ribbon or hooks anywhere you feel needs a little holiday cheer.
[via Vitacost]