Clinton’s Craft Corner: Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

Dec 12th, 2011

What You Need:

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 cup ap flour
Food Coloring (optional)
cookie cutters
bamboo skewer/straw
polyurethane gloss varnish
rolling pin

Step 1. Make the Dough

Put 1/2 cup table salt, 1/2 cup water, and 1 cup all-purpose flour into a mixer, and blend together until a sticky dough forms. If you want to experiment with color, you can add food coloring to the water. Make sure all of the flour is incorporated. Take the dough out, and knead for 7 to 10 minutes on a well-floured surface. Once it feels smooth and elastic, you are ready to start making ornaments.  The recipe can easily be doubled, but be sure to keep any dough you are not using wrapped in plastic wrap, and work quickly – salt dough does not like to sit.

Step 2. Make the Ornaments

Salt dough is extremely flexible and forgiving, so you can make ornaments from it in a variety of ways. For this batch, I rolled it out like sugar cookie dough until it was about 1/4″ thick, and then used my favorite cookie cutters to make a variety of shapes.

Once the ornaments are formed, poke them with a bamboo skewer to make holes to hang them from. Once you have the holes in, it is time to pop them in the oven at 200 degree oven for 4-6 hours – you can even leave them in overnight. Once they are hardened, take them out and let them cool completely.

Step 3. Decorate and Finish

One of the lovely things about these ornaments is that they can be finished in a variety of ways – they take kindly to paints and pens of all sort. 
If you want your ornaments to last years and years, coat them with 3-4 very thin coats of polyurethane gloss varnish. Make sure to cover every exposed surface. This seals them and helps prevent moisture from getting in. Once they are sealed, you can deck them out with glitter if you like. Store them in a cool, dry place and you will enjoy them for years to come.

We got this idea from here