The Perfect Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe


The Perfect Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe

This salt dough ornament recipe makes for the perfect Christmas craft to do with the family.

The Perfect Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe
The Perfect Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe

Discover our favorite salt dough ornaments recipe for making adorable ornaments to hang on your tree. Salt dough ornaments are decorative cookies that are NOT edible. Kids will love decorating these pretend cookies.

Use cookie cutters to cut festive shapes out of the dough before you bake the ornaments, and don't forget the hole to thread the ornament hanger or ribbon through later! Toss them into the oven to bake while you get a few things done around the house, and when they've cooled, bust out the your favorite paint from Plaid Enterprises and glitter! This is a wonderful activity for little kids to do with their parents or grandparents, and it should become a family tradition.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsFood, Paint

Primary TechniquePainting



Age GroupToddlers, Preschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. 

  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt.

  3. Add water and mix thoroughly. 

  4. Sprinkle parchment paper with flour and knead dough until it’s soft and pliable. 

  5. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough until ¼ inch thick.

  6. Cut out ornaments using cookie cutters.

  7. Place cutout on and ungreased cookie sheet.

  8. Using your straw, create a hole for the ribbon that will hang the ornament. 

  9. Place ornaments in the oven and bake for two to three hours, or until completely dry. Flip once while baking, then remove and allow to cool completely.

  10. When the ornaments have cooled, decorate them with paints and/or glitter if desired.

  11. Visit for more projects, paint, and inspiration!

Have you ever made salt dough ornaments? How did you decorate them?

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