Best Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

With the holidays a few weeks away and the weather getting colder by the minute, you are probably looking for some ways to entertain the kids while stuck indoors.

If you haven’t put up your Christmas tree yet, or even if you have – salt dough ornaments are always a hit.

This simple three ingredient recipe is quick and easy to make, and you can get so creative with different designs or patterns.

We use simple cookie cutters to get our shapes, but you could easily cut out a circular shape and press your childs hand or foot print in to the dough.

These make great gifts for grandparents, and will keep a long time as long as you put a sealant coating on them.

I have tried a lot of salt dough recipes in my day. Some good, some alright, and some just down right terrible.

This is by far the best and easiest one that I have come across, and is my go to recipe.

Best Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

Unbaked Salt Dough OrnamentsIngredients & Equipment

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
  • Rolling pin (We love our marble one!)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cookie cutters (We love these ones)
  • Drinking straw or pencil
  • Non-toxic acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glitter paint
  • Ribbon or string
  • Sealant spray


How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments Layton Kitchen Aid

  • Preheat oven to 250F
  • Add flour and salt to mixing bowl.
  • Measure and add water.
  • Mix by hand or machine. We used the dough hook on the Kitchen Aid Mixer. 
  • Once ball is formed, transfer on to floured surface and knead until smooth.
  • Roll with rolling pin to desired thickness. Generally about 1/4 inch is ideal.
  • Cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Place on baking sheet.
  • Create hole with straw or pencil.
  • Bake for two hours and then flip.
  • Bake for one more hour or until completely dry.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Decorate with paint and glitter. Allow to dry.
  • Spray with sealant and allow to dry.
  • Loop string or ribbon through the hole and tie tightly.

Finished Salt Dough Ornaments

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