How to make Salt Dough Ornaments and more importantly, why you should follow the steps

A few weeks ago I posted an article about a nasty little trick a pintrest follower played on the rest of us by swiping a photo of earthenware clay gift tags and branding them salt dough ornaments. I kept noticing my blog was getting hits for that article but that the searches people were doing were for how to keep their ornaments from falling apart. So I’ve decided that even though Christmas is only a few days away it might not be too late to help out fellow crafters with what I know.

To begin making salt dough ornaments, you’ll need

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup of lukewarm water

cookie sheet or parchment paper

cookie cutters

clear sealer

paints or rubber stamps and ink

ribbon or yarn

toothpick or something to make a hole for the ribbon or yarn that will hang your ornament

Add flour and salt to your bowl. Slowly add in your water or you may end up with something like cake batter. How much water to add is really a matter of humidity, so keep that in mind as it may affect your ornaments. Some recipes I have seen actually call for more flour but more often than not 1 cup does the trick nicely and is the most common measurement. If you want to make more in one sitting, just remember 1/2 cup of salt for each cup of flour you add. Once you have dough, you’ll need to knead it for about 10 minutes and then let it rest for 40 minutes. Once this is done, you can roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out shapes. Before you bake, remember to poke a hole in the tops for your ribbon or yarn to go thru and line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a cookie sheet.

The next step is where people seem to go wrong. They don’t bake their ornaments long enough or seal them with a clear sealant, so they fall apart. You’ll need to bake your ornaments between 250 and 300 degrees for 4 to 6 hours! This is almost an all day project when you include the time factor so keep that in mind, especially if you have little ones who will be helping you decorate. You will also need to flip the ornaments over about halfway thru the baking process so they don’t burn. The purpose of baking for this length of time is to evaporate all the moisture out and is a critical step if your project is to be successful so don’t scrimp on the time!

Once your done baking, the decorating can begin. Take your rubber stamps and ink pads and stamp away or use paint to decorate your ornaments. Once dry, you can take your ribbon or yarn and thread it thru the small hole you created and voila! Your done.


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