If you've never made salt dough ornaments before, this is the year to do it. These ornaments are a breeze to make and they're perfect for kids of all ages and creative abilities. You can use holiday cookie cutters for traditional ornaments like trees, stars and gingerbread men. Or jazz it up and use cutters that capture your children's interests (think dinosaurs, ballet shoes, or even Dora the Explorer.) Just roll up your sleeves, roll out some dough, and have some fun.


  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Miniature cookie cutters
  • Acrylic paints: green, yellow and various colors of your choice for tree ornaments
  • Ribbon 
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the salt, flour, and gradually add water until dough is formed.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is smooth (about 10 minutes).
  4. For flat ornaments, roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into any shape you want.  
  5. Use a toothpick to make a hole toward the top of the shape. 
  6. Place ornaments onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 2 hours.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  8. Decorate with paints and glitter. Thread a ribbon through the hole at the top so that you can hang your ornament from your tree.
Salt dough Christmas ornaments
These festive ornaments are as beautiful to look at as they are fun to make.