My 3 year old and I do our fair share of cookie cutting and baking all year round and it always proves to be a great way to keep both of us entertained, especially on cold winter days. Besides baking yummy cookies, another one of our favorite holiday baking activities is making salt dough ornaments for our tree.
Salt dough ornaments are super simple to make, requiring only 3 ingredients: salt, water and flour. They can be decorated any way you want and always come out so cute! It’s a project even your littlest helper can get into because there’s lots of steps requiring no heat or sharp knives such as mixing, measuring, cookie cutting and decorating. Get creative with the decorating, use whatever you have around the house, paint, glue, beads, glitter, anything goes. They can be customized to suit any holiday or occasion, not just Christmas. You really are only limited by your imagination.
We like to make a whole bunch and hand them out to the Grandparents as handmade gifts from our son-always a big hit! Be sure to use a marker on the back of each ornament to label them with each child’s name, age and date. This project is something you’ll want to remember and cherish for years to come.
Salt Dough Ornaments
makes 20 plus ornaments (depending on cookie cutter size)
Ingredients For Baking Ornaments:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
Clear Acrylic Spray
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
In a large bowl, dissolve alt in warm water, then add flour.
Knead dough well. Dough shold be smooth, almost like the consistency of cookie dough. If dough seems too dry, add a bit more water but not too much.
Roll out dough onto a floured surface, about 1/4-inch in thickness.
Dip each cookie cutter into flour and cut out shapes.
Use a chopstick or straw to poke a hole in the top of each ornament for the hanging ribbon.
Place onto baking sheet and bake for about an hour.
Decorate cookies using paint, glitter, etc….
When cookies are dry, spray with clear acrylic spray to set the paint and allow to dry completely before tying with a ribbon.
-If you want to make a 3D ornament or add dough as embellishments to make an ornament really pop, make sure you use a little water so that the pieces stick together. Allow the water to dry on the ornament before attempting to move it to the oven.
-To make colored dough, simply add food coloring to warm water before adding flour.
-To make scented ornaments, add a few drops of potpourri oil to the water before adding flour.