Salt Dough Ornament Recipe – Blogmas Day 2

There’s something about handmade ornaments that brings me back to my childhood and it’s so magical! For day two of Blogmas, I’m sharing my salt dough ornament recipe.

When I was little I remember a salt dough ornament recipe that smelled of cloves and ginger which we made in school. We made ornaments shaped like gingerbread people and houses with puffy paint that made them look like they had icing on them! Also, if you want some other tree decor ideas, click here.

For sake of ease, I’m sharing my super simple salt dough recipe that you can adapt as you desire.

Salt dough can be used to make ornaments for your tree, handprint keepsakes, or fun sculptures with your little ones! Not to mention, it’s super simple to make.

This is also a really great sensory play activity if your little one likes getting their hands dirty. Our little guy didn’t enjoy the hand mixing part but he did a great job with using the cookie cutters to make the ornament shapes!
Do you ever start making something and realize you don’t have all the tools you need? Apparently, I don’t own a rolling pin, so I improvised with a wine bottle, how’s that for thinking on your toes (hehe). Also, I don’t keep plastic straws in the house because it’s an unnecessary plastic waste so we used q tips to make the holes for hanging.

I baked my ornaments while little man napped which worked out perfect. They cooled on a cooling rack while I made dinner and then later that evening I threaded them with thin, blue yarn and a bell.

Basic salt dough ornament recipe

  • ½ cup salt

  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup warm water

My recipe is on a half recipe of what I originally found. You may wish to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe as you need!


  1. Preheat oven if you are baking them (temperatures below)

  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper

  3. Dissolve salt into warm water

  4. Mix in flour by hand and knead into a dough ball

  5. Roll out with a rolling pin to ¼ or ⅛ inch thickness on a parchment paper. (Keep in mind, the thicker they are, the longer to dry)

  6. I used star cookie cutters for my desired shapes

  7. Transfer shapes to the parchment lined cookie sheet

  8. Bake per times and temperatures below

Basic Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

How to dry salt dough

  1. 250°f for 1-2 hours+ (the method I used)

  2. 150°f for 2-3 hours+

  3. Air dry for a day or more

*Cooking times, and temperatures may vary depending on your appliance.

Salt dough clay add-ins/ons

  • Cinnamon

  • Glitter

  • Food coloring

  • Paint

  • Beads

  • Lace

Get creative!

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Basic Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

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