Salt Dough Ornaments

My daughter is the light of my life and it makes me so sad that she’s growing so quickly.  This was her second Christmas, she’s now 16 months old and it feels like if I even blink, she’ll be graduating college.  I wanted to capture this sweet, innocent stage she is in and remember it each year, so she and I made salt dough ornaments.  You can use this dough and Christmas shaped cookie cutters to make ornaments for your tree, or to use as decorations on your gifts.  We made hers as round as I could get it (artist I am not!) and thick enough for her handprint to show.  We actually made four, but only one turned out well.  She was not very into the project!  After it cooled completely, we painted it white on both sides, then painted the actual handprint pink.  And wrote her name and the year on back.

Salt Dough Ornaments
Recipe courtesy of


1/2 cup salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water


Preheat oven to 250.

Mix ingredients until dough forms.  Knead on a floured surface until the dough is elastic and smooth.  Roll out to your desired thickness with a flour-dusted rolling pin.  Cut out forms and poke a hole (to string a ribbon through for hanging later) using a straw.  Bake 2 hours. 

Handprint Ornament


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