I remember how much fun I had making ornaments back when I was a child and I hope it is a tradition I can pass along to my daughter as she grows up. These salt dough ornaments are extremely easy to make and they come out beautiful every time. You can use these ornaments to decorate your tree or give them as presents for grandparents and other family members.
- Rolling Pin
- Cookie Cutters
- Baking Sheets
- Aluminum Foil
- Plastic Straws
- Paint Brushes
- Acrylic Paint
Step 1: Mix Your Ingredients Together
Mix together 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 3/4 cup water until a dough ball forms. This recipe makes about 10 ornaments. It can easily be doubled or tripled, depending on the number of ornaments you want to make. Once your dough is mixed, it would be a good time to preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: Roll Out Your Dough
Use a rolling pin to roll out your dough. My daughter really enjoyed getting to help with this part! After you roll out the dough, you can pick what cookie cutters you want to use for your ornaments. My daughter chose a tree, a star, a snowflake, a candy cane, and a snowman.
Step 3: Use a Straw to Cut Out a Hole in Your Ornaments
Take a straw to cut out a small hole at the top of each ornament. After that, you can place your ornaments on a baking sheet. I recommend putting a layer of aluminum foil over your baking sheets to make it easier to get the ornaments off once they finish cooking.
Step 4: Cook the Ornaments for 90-120 Minutes
These ornaments can take anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes to cook depending on your oven and the thickness of your ornaments. While waiting for your ornaments to cook, I recommend watching a Christmas movie. Here is a list of Hallmark Christmas movies that surviving moms Katie recommends. Once baked thoroughly, let the ornaments cool for about thirty more minutes.
Step 5: Decorate Your Ornaments
Now, it’s time for the fun part! I recommend listening to our Spotify Christmas playlist that surviving moms Kristine created to get in the Christmas spirit. Then, get out the paint and the glitter and let your child express their creativity. This was one of our first times using glitter and my daughter was so excited about it! It was a terrible mess to clean up, but it was totally worth it.
Step 6: Tie a Ribbon Around Your Ornaments
We chose to tie red and green ribbon around our ornaments because we already had some around the house. You can use tweed, ribbon, or yarn; it’s totally up to you! Either way, your child will love placing these beautiful ornaments on the tree!
I hope you have as much fun making these ornaments as we did! Merry Christmas; enjoy the season!
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