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Salt Dough Ornament Recipe


easy salt dough ornamens perfect for decorating the christmas tree and gift giving

One of our advent calendar activities was to make ornaments. Growing up, I remember making salt dough ornaments with my best friend Liz. Her mom left us in their second kitchen unattended and before you knew it, we grew tired of cutting ornaments and began cooking pizza. We added an egg to the dough to make “pizza crust”, and searched the refrigerator for ingredients. Ketchup seemed like a great idea for pizza sauce and parmesan would make a great substitute for traditional cheese. Of course we had to have someone taste test it – fortunately, her little sister Maria was there. While it wasn’t edible, it’s one of my favorite childhood memories. Fortunately I’ve grown as a cook.

Today I’m sharing my salt dough ornaments recipe. I like making these because they’re quick and easy for all ages. You can do as little as much as you want with them. While I prefer keeping it classic, you can dye the dough with food coloring, add glitter, paint them, stamp them, truly, anything you want to create a one-of-a-kind ornament perfect for your tree or gift-giving.

salt dough ornament recipe

This salt dough recipe uses only a few staple ingredients, making it a great last minute project or gift idea. The more you knead the dough, the smoother it will be, but with little hands helping, I kept this activity limited to a half hour from start to finish. The girls helped make the dough, roll it out, and cut it!

easy salt dough ornaments recipe

A standard straw makes a great hole. Both Adalyn {3} and Ani {almost 2} were able to help poke holes.

create your own gift tags

salt dough ornament recipe

homemade ornaments & gift tags

The salt dough yields a lot of ornaments. I plan to do a classic Christmas tree this year and these salt dough ornaments will definitely add a vintage feel.

classic Christmas tree

homemade Christmas ornament

I also like to use them as gift tags.

salt dough ornament homemade gift

Advent activities

Salt Dough Ornaments

Total Time



  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Mix flour & salt together.
  3. Add water and mix well.
  4. If your mixture is still a little dry, add a little additional water until barely moist.
  5. Knead until smooth.
  6. Roll out dough to desired thickness.
  7. Cut with cookie cutters.
  8. Punch a hole to hang/tie with.
  9. Bake 20 minutes on a cookie sheet {preferably lined with parchment paper}.
  10. Flip over and bake 10 additional minutes.
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salt dough ornaments & gift tags

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

5 comments on “Salt Dough Ornament Recipe”

  1. Julie,
    Gotta say you are so creative. Your mom would be so proud and I am so impressed!

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  3. Always admire these decorations.
    This may be the year I try your recipe make some.
    Do they last for the next year? How do you store them?
    Thank you!

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